Dead in Stampede at Mumbai Railway Station

  • Dead in Stampede at Mumbai Railway Station

Dead in Stampede at Mumbai Railway Station

The death toll in a stampede that happened Friday at a footbridge near a local train station in Mumbai, India's financial capital city, has risen to 22, officials said.

Those injured have been taken to nearby hospitals and police are at the scene. However, local media reports put the number at around 50.

Almost two dozen people are dead after a stampede broke out in Mumbai, India, on a pedestrian bridge, which was reportedly crowded in part due to people seeking shelter from rain. According to police, the stampede might have also been triggered by a rumour that a pedestrian overpass collapsed after concrete chunks fell. "When a few tried, it led to a stampede".

Railway spokesman Anil Saxena told reporters that they would conduct an inquiry into the incident. The bridge was already crowded after sudden, heavy rain that had people scurrying for cover.

A pile of footwear was lying next to the bridge and rescuers were seen clearing out more from the stairs.

Prabhadevi Railway Station, which was first opened in the 1800s and has two platforms, is located in the heart of central Mumbai close to the exclusive Worli district, home to some of the city's most expensive real estate.

"The incident occurred as heavy rains lashed Mumbai and passengers took refuge on the foot overbridge".

The Mumbai suburban railway system is spread over 465 kilometers (289 miles) and operates 2,342 train services. Around 5 commuters who were injured are critical.

"We have ordered a probe into the circumstances leading to the massive tragedy", Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde said.

Railway minister Piyush Goyal announced compensation for the dead and injured. "My heartfelt condolences to the families of the bereaved".

"This accident will hopefully be a wake-up call for the minister and his officials", one Parel resident said.

Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil of the Congress said he had written to the railway ministry a year ago seeking a meeting of public representatives with the railway minister to solve the issue of overcrowding at stations in Mumbai.

In addition, the disaster management, fire brigade team also came to the rescue the people.