The Water Festival in Phnom Penh is a annual event that brings an extra 1 million people to the city from the provinces to celebrate and have a holiday. I had been photographing the even for most of the weekend getting many pictures of happy people enjoying their time at the festival. This was marred by the events that took place late in the evening of the 22nd November when tragically 375 people were killed crossing the Diamond Gate Bridge.
The Diamond Gate bridge leads to Diamond Island a place used for celebrations and a fun fair. What cause this panic and the subsequent loss of life is yet to be determined but people were crushed to death after to many people tried to cross the bridge in a state of fear and panic.
The official investigation is no doubt underway and only time will tell the reasons for this disaster.