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*At least 35 people have been killed during a stampede in Shanghai as they waited for a New Years Eve countdown

*42 have been reported injured, and were taken to Shanghai General Hospital to be treated 

*The Bund area where the stampede happened is notorious for congestion on New Years because of the 3D light display just before midnight

*Last year over 300,000 people packed into the area, spilling into the streets when public transport was shut down over safety concerns

*Social media pictures show people lying on the ground and being resuscitated while police ring the area

*The countdown had been cancelled earlier in the day out of fears of congestion and to discourage as many people from attending

*There is no clear indication as to why the stampede started 

At least 35 people have been killed in a stampede during the New Year’s celebrations in Shanghai, China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency is reporting.

The report cites the city’s government in saying that at least another 42 people have been injured and have been taken to Shanghai General Hospital.

The deaths and injuries occurred at the city’s waterfront Bund area, which attracted 300,000 people last New Years Eve and is notorious for causing severe congestion at major events.

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A stampede during Shanghai’s New Year celebrations has allegedly killed 35 people and injured another 42

Official news service, Xinhua, reported that the stampede began at 11.35pm local time, but that it was not clear yet what had triggered the aggressive mass movement.

Social media posts show at least one person doing chest compressions on a shirtless person, while another lies on the ground nearby. 

Another photo shows the area ringed by police, sectioning off the Bund area.

South China Morning Post reporter George Chen posted to Twitter that the stampede occurred right before midnight. 

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A stampede happens during a New Year celebrations in the bund area in east China’s Shanghai early Thursday morning local time.

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Chaos: The cause of the stampede is not yet know

Written by Heather Mcnab for Daily Mail Australia and Aap
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