Mumbai stampede: 22 dead, over 30 injured at Elphinstone railway station

Zee Media Bureau Sep 29, 2017, 19:00 PM IST,

In videos emerging from the Elphinstone railway station in Mumbai, people can be seen trying to climb over the railings of the stairway to escape the stampede.

Mumbai: At least twenty two people have been killed in a stampede at Elphinstone railway station's foot-over bridge in Mumbai that took place on Friday morning. Over 30 people have been injured in the incident. Medical teams have reached the spot. Those injured have been rushed to KEM hospital.

Commuters claim that the foot-over bridge at Elphinstone was narrow and is always crowded during the peak hours. In videos emerging from the incident, people can be seen trying to climb over the railings of the stairway to escape the stampede. 

The helpline numbers are

KEM hospital: 022-24107000
Western Railway control room: 022 - 23070564, 022-23017379, 022-23635959
Mumbai railway control room: 022-23081725
Traffic helpline WhatsApp no: 8454999999
Churchgate station- 22039840, 
Mumbai Central station- 23051665 
Elphinstone Road station- 24301614

Here are the latest updates:

- Compensation of 5 lakh each will be given to kin of those dead. State government will bear the medical expenses of the injured: Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawde

- Enquiry will be conducted by Maha government and Railways Ministry and necessary, strict action will be taken: CM Devendra Fadnavis

- Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has reached Mumbai and will be visiting the spot soon. "Just landed in Mumbai. Deeply grieved at tragic loss of innocent lives due to an unfortunate stampede at Elphinstone Road foot over bridge. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the bereaved. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured persons," he tweeted. He also added that a high level enquiry headed by the Chief Safety Officer, Western Railways has been ordered into the mishap.

- Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the situation in Mumbai is being continuously monitored. "Piyush Goyal is in Mumbai taking stock of the situation & ensuring all assistance," he added.

- 'The bridge is collapsing': Eyewitnesses recall Mumbai stampede horror

- President Ram Nath Kovind extended his condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives

- Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, who visited the scene, said it was the responsibility of the Western Railway authorities to ensure commuters' safety.

- Eyewitnesses have slammed the police for reaching late and have blamed the railway authorities for the incident.

- The death toll has risen to 22, BMC disaster control room has confirmed.

- TV footage showed commuters trying to revive the injured by pumping their chests and also carrying some down the stairs to street level.

- Medical teams have urged people to come out and donate blood. There is an urgent need of A- blood, doctors have appealed.

- Niket Kaushik, GRP Commissioner has confirmed that out of those injured, 20 people have suffered serious injuries.

- Shiv Sena MLA Ajay Choudhary hit out at the government over the stampede. "Govt not able to provide basic facilities and services at stations but dreams of bullet trains," he said.

- Know what led to the mishap

- More people were gathered at the place due to the rain which might have led to the incident. An investigation into the mishap has been ordered: Anil Saxena, DG Railway, PRO

- Commuters claim that on several instances in the past, people have reached out to the authorities to bring to their notice how unsafe the bridge is. 

- Train operations which were initially affected have been brought back to normal. However, authorities have requested commuters to avoid the railway station for at least a few hours

- Western Railway PRO called this an unfortunate incident and added that the incident took place at a time when it was raining and people were not moving.

- New skywalk will be made at this station soon: Railway PRO

- The death toll is likely to increase. The hospital has confirmed that 15 people have died in the incident 

- Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will be visiting Mumbai today and is likely to visit the spot soon

- All required agencies have been mobilised for the rescue and relief work: BMC's disaster management unit said 

- As per reports, heavy rains led to the stampede 

- The stampede took place over rumours that a foot-over bridge at the Elphinstone railway station collapsed

- The incident took place at around 10.30 am on Friday



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