2 Malaysian students injured in Shanghai stampede

Police control the site after a stampede occurred during a New Year's celebration on the Bund, a waterfront area in central Shanghai, January 1, 2015.

BEIJING - At least two Malaysians are believed to be among the scores injured in a New Year eve stampede in Shanghai early Thursday.

Malaysian Students Association in China president William Chow told The Star Online that the duo, both 20, are cousins studying in China.

One of them was identified as Tan Wei, a second year student in Zhejiang University while another, known by her Mandarin name Huang Hui Yu, is studying at Fudan University.

Chow said Huang suffered light injuries and Tan could not be contacted at press time.

"Huang's brother and Tan's mother flew to Shanghai immediately after learning about the incident," he said.

The information, however, could not be immediately verified by the Malaysian consulate general in Shanghai.

Earlier, it was reported that a Malaysian was among 48 injured in the stampede in Shanghai's historic Bund waterfront where 35 others were killed.

The dead are 10 males and 25 females aged between 16 and 36, China's CCTV reported.

According to the microblog of People's Daily, the injured also include three Taiwanese.

Chaos had ensued after coupons that looked like US dollars were thrown from the 18th floor of a high-rise building for about three minutes, said a Straits Times report quoting Shanghai-based publication The Paper.

The incident occurred at 11.35pm local time on Chen Yi Square of Huangpu District around the Bund, a busy waterfront area in Shanghai.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has instructed state authorities to do everything in their power to help the injured and investigate the cause of the stampede.