Updated | Multiple deaths reported in stampede at Mumbai train station

A stampede at a Mumbai railway station during morning rush hour, has left 22 dead and another 30 injured, Indian officials report

29 September 2017, 9:17am
The stampede in Mumbai (Photo: the Indian Express)
The stampede in Mumbai (Photo: the Indian Express)
The incident at Mumbai's Prabhadevi Railway Station, previously known as Elphinstone station, connecting two of the city's major local lines was triggered by heavy rainfall and overcrowding. 

The deadly stampede is understood to have happened at around 10:30am local time, during the morning rush hour.

Anil Saxena, railway spokesman, said that the crowd on the footbridge grew larger and larger as passengers were attempting to take shelter from the heavy rain. Once the rain stopped, the crowd began moving, with people trying to leave the station all at the same time. 

Television and social media footage from the scene showed heaving crowds, apparently trapped on a narrow footbridge, between platforms, desperately trying to climb over stairways and railings to escape the chaos, as lifeless bodies were pulled free.

The injured were taken to a nearby hospital and currently, senior railway officers are present at the scene. According to reports, the stampede was on a footbridge, leading to the station.

Reporter Yogita Limaye, stationed in Mumbai, said that the incident has once again put the spotlight on Mumbai's transport infrastucture, which has been criticised for being unsatisfactory and old, given the millions of people who use it everyday.

Narenda Modi, Indian prime minister, posted to Twitter, expressing his condolences: 

Modi added that Railway Minister Piyush Goyal was in Mumbai "taking stock of the situation and ensuring all assistance".