Local officials failed to adequately assess risks and deploy sufficient police ahead of the stampede in Shanghai on New Year's Eve that left 36 people dead and 49 injured, the city government said in its official investigation report released Wednesday.
Most of those who died were people in their early 20s, though the youngest victim was a 12-year-old boy. Local authorities in Shanghai said 45 of the 49 people injured in the stampede have been released from the hospital.
A compensation plan for the deceased and injured victims has not been announced yet. In a 2010 building fire in Shanghai that killed 58 people, each victim's family received $154,557 in compensation.
As part of the ongoing anti-corruption and austerity campaign initiated by Chinese President Xi Jinping in late 2012, Shanghai city government’s disciplinary office launched an investigation into the allegations made by Caixin and released their findings via social media Wednesday.
Social commentators on Chinese social media questioned whether the lower-level officials were being made into scapegoats on account of their pricey dinner.