22 commuters killed in Mumbai stampede

:: People’s Time Online ::

At least 22 people have died and more than 30 injured in a stampede over a foot bridge at the Elphinstone railway station in Mumbai, India, according to local media reports.

The injured have been taken to a nearby hospital and senior railway officials are at the scene.
The stampede was on a footbridge leading to the station.

Railway spokesman Anil Saxena told reporters the bridge had been busy as a huge crowd of passengers who had been taking shelter from heavy rains tried to leave the station all at the same time.

India’s infrastructure has long been criticised for being insufficient for the number of people using it.

Mr Saxena added that they would conduct an inquiry into the incident.

The BBC’s Yogita Limaye in Mumbai says 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.

People’s Time/AJ

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