Friday, 14 May 2021

Mumbai train station stampede kills at least 22 people

MUMBAI: A stampede at a Mumbai railway station during morning rush hour has left 22 people dead and injured about 30, Indian officials report.

The incident at Elphinstone station, which connects two of the city’s major local lines, was triggered by overcrowding and heavy rain, they said.

The injured have been taken to a nearby hospital and senior railway officials are at the scene.

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The stampede was on a footbridge leading to the station.

Railway spokesman Anil Saxena told reporters the bridge had been busy as large numbers of passengers who had been taking shelter from heavy rain tried to leave the station at the same time.

Mr Saxena added that there would be an inquiry into the incident.

The incident has once again put the spotlight on Mumbai’s transport infrastructure, which is often criticised for being old and insufficient, given the millions of people who use it every day.

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“Compensation of 5 Lakhs each will be given to kin of those dead,” Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said. The government will also bear the medical expenses he said.

Fadnavis said an enquiry will be conducted on the incident and “strict” actions will be taken.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences to those who lost their lives in the stampede, adding that Piyush Goyal is “taking stock of the situation and ensuring all assistance.”

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