Families of 36 victims killed in the New Year’s Eve stampede on the Bund will receive a compensation of 800,000 yuan each, authorities said yesterday evening.
The 49 people injured in the stampede will be given payouts depending on the severity of their injuries, the district authorities announced in an official statement online.
The news follows an announcement made earlier in the day that 11 officials would be punished over the tragedy. Four officials—Zhou Wei, Communist Party chief of Huangpu District; his deputy Peng Song, also a district governor; Zhou Zheng, deputy district governor and Huangpu’s public security chief, and Chen Qi, deputy police chief of the district, were all removed from their positions. Seven more officials in the tourism, public security and urban management sectors have been disciplined as well, authorities said.
An investigative report issued by the Shanghai government yesterday said that a lack of public security as well as insufficient prevention and preparation ahead of the event was to blame. Only 350 policemen were stationed at the Bund and at Nanjing Road, although huge crowds had gathered in the area for a NYE event which had actually been canceled.
Three of the people injured in the stampede are still recovering in the hospital, one of whom is in critical condition.