Elphinstone Road stampede in Mumbai kills 22 leaving several injured

The stampede on Elphinstone road Railway Bridge claimed the lives of 22 people and almost 39 others were injured in Mumbai on Friday morning.

The stampede took place at around 10:45 am on Friday morning on Elphinstone road railway bridge and the injured people were rushed to KEM hospital.

The incident resulted due to rush between Elphinstone and Lower Parel railway stations on a foot over bridge at Elphinstone Road railway station in Mumbai.

Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India expressed grief over the death of 22 people died in the stampede. He expressed his condolences to their families and prayers for the injured.

A compensation of Rs 5 lakhs each to the kin of the deceased persons was declared and the State government will bear the medical expenses of the injured persons.

List of deceased persons in Elphinstone Road railway bridge stampede

List of deceased persons in Elphinstone Road railway bridge stampede (Western Railways official Twitter)

The Railways released the helpline numbers:

Churchgate station- 022 22039840

Central station- 022 23051665

Elphinstone Road station- 022 24301614

This unfortunate incident took place when the Railways Minister Piyush Goyal is scheduled to visit Mumbai today. He ordered a high level enquiry in Elphinstone Road stampede.

Accident Relief Medical Equipment Train was rushed to the accident place and medical help was provided to the needy victims and were shifted to KEM hospital.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) also rushed to the spot in the afternoon at around 1 pm to assist with the rescue operation.

Elphinstone Road stampede on foot over bridge

Elphinstone Road stampede on foot over bridge

Reason for the Elphinstone Road stampede was not known immediately. It was believed that as there was sudden rain people gathered at the station and waited there. As the rain stopped there was chaos to go out which might have resulted in stampede as said by Director General of Railways, A Saxena.

But police suspected that a short circuit with a loud sound near the Elphinstone Road Bridge led to panic and people started running resulting in stampede.

Commuters said that they had complained about the narrow bridge which was also not strong enough to take busy crowd during rush hours several times in the past. They said that they even demanded the authorities to repair the bridge.

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