At least 22 people have been killed and more than 30 injured during a rush-hour stampede on a bridge between two railway stations in Mumbai.
The crush occurred on a narrow footbridge connecting Prabhadevi station, formerly Elphinstone, and Parel station during the Friday morning commuter rush and amid heavy rain.
A Mumbai police official, Ganshem Patel, said the stampede was triggered by falling concrete that struck a bridge railing, leading to fears that the bridge could collapse. There may also have been a power cut that exacerbated the panic, according to the Press Trust of India.
“There was a huge crowd on the FOB [foot overbridge]. Everybody tried to leave at once and it appeared one of them slipped and fell, triggering the stampede,” said Anil Saxena, an Indian Railways spokesman.
Another spokesman, Ravinder Bhakar, said the number of people on the bridge was higher than usual because people were using the station to shelter from the rain.
Indian TV channels showed the injured lying on the ground with people trying to revive some by pumping their chests and carrying the wounded down into the street. Videos posted on Twitter showed lifeless bodies on the station floor, while others screamed and clung on to the outside railing.
Officials said some people had been critically injured and the death toll was likely to increase. Mumbai police have appealed for blood donations to help treat the injured.
A -ve, B -ve and AB -ve blood is required in KEM hospital for those injured in #Elphinstone stampede . Please contact the blood bank at KEM
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) September 29, 2017
The Indian president, Ram Nath Kovind, tweeted that he was “anguished” by the loss of life in the incident. The prime minister, Narendra Modi, said he was praying for the injured.
My deepest condolences to all those who have lost their lives due to the stampede in Mumbai. Prayers with those who are injured.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 29, 2017