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Mumbai railway station stampede kills 22 amid heavy rain

stampede at a Mumbai railway station during the morning rush hour has left 22 people dead and injured about 30, Indian officials report.

The incident at Elphinstone station, which connects two of the city’s major local lines, was triggered by overcrowding and heavy rain, they said.

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 large numbers of passengers who had been taking shelter from heavy rain tried to leave the station at the same time.

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Mr Saxena added that there would be 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.

Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi tweeted: “My deepest condolences to all those who have lost their lives due to the stampede in Mumbai. Prayers with those who are injured.”

He added that Railway Minister Piyush Goyal was in Mumbai “taking stock of the situation and ensuring all assistance”.

source: BBC

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