Following the devastating New Year’s Eve stampede in Shanghai that resulted in the death of 36 people, students at a primary school in Deqing, Zhejiang province took part in a stampede survival drill on the first school day of 2015.
The students watched on (in an almost ironically packed space) as policemen demonstrated how to protect oneself in the case of a stampede, People’s Daily reports.
The mob-crush at the Bund on New Year’s Eve caused a widespread scare ahead of the Spring Festival, the country’s most important week-long holiday wherein large crowds are abundant. Jiading, a suburban district of Shanghai, has already chosen to cancel its crowd-drawing Lantern Festival celebrations this year, and Yuyuan Gardens is now considering following suit. Schools across the country are now teaching safety education in the case of such a situation.
CCTV News published some of the tips being shared:
1. Keep calm.
2. Don’t move against the crowds.
3. Don’t pick things up, even if it’s your wallet.
4. Get a firm grip on solid things.
5. Don’t rush into the crowds to look for relatives or friends.
6. If trapped or knocked down, protect your head and neck by interlocking your hands behind your neck; protect your head with your elbows leaning forward.
7. Lie down on one side and pull your knees to your chest to protect your chest and stomach.
Stampedes caused by unruly crowds at events such as concerts and celebrity appearances are not entirely uncommon across China. Casualties have also been reported in stampedes that have broken out in less-likely settings, including religious events and even a primary school.
By Dina Li