The Cambodian government has decreased the official death toll from a stampede on a suspension bridge in the capital from 456 to 347, the Phnom Penh Post reported Thursday.
The newspaper cited a letter signed by Ith Sam Heng, minister of social affairs, and released on Thursday. "The total number of dead victims is 347," the letter said, and 221 of those were women.
Government investigators said Wednesday that the bridge swayed as thousands of people attempted to cross it Monday night during the Water Festival. That apparently led to fears it would collapse, triggering the
stampede. Hundreds of others were injured in the incident.