The stampede occured on the overbridge between Parel and Elphinstone Road, according to reports.
Mumbai: 22 people were killed and 39 injured in a stampede at Elphinstone Road railway station's foot overbridge in Mumbai on Friday after heavy rain in the morning.
The stampede took place around 10:30 am on the foot overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations, according to reports. A police official said that the bridge was heavily crowded when the incident happened.
Death of 22 people have been confirmed & 27 have been injured: Anil Saxena, DG PR, Railway #mumbaistampede pic.twitter.com/pWAPe1TIbP— ANI (@ANI) September 29, 2017
Following helpline numbers were released by the Western Railways: Churchgate station- 22039840, Mumbai Central station- 23051665 and Elphinstone Road station- 24301614
The tragedy occurred shortly before railway minister Piyush Goyal reached Mumbai on Friday to launch new services for the Western Railway and Central Railway.
Horrible news coming in from Mumbai. At least 20 + dead in stampede at Mumbai's #Elphinstone station #elphinstonestampede pic.twitter.com/8lxOmkLMWh— Vamsi Kaka (@vamsikaka) September 29, 2017
Senior Railway officers have reached Elphinstone station to monitor relief work.
Accident Relief Medical Equipment Train was rushed to the accident spot and immediate medical assistance was provided to the victims.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) also reached the spot around 1 pm to assist in the rescue operation.
A Saxena, Director General (PR), Railways said that people waited at the station due to heavy rain. After the rain stopped, there was chaos to go out which resulted in the stampede.
Police also suspect that a short-circuit with a loud sound near the foot overbridge led to panic because of which people started running, resulting in the stampede.
Due to sudden rain,ppl waited at station,when rain stopped there was chaos to go out,stampede occured:A.Saxena,DG PR,Railway #mumbaistampede pic.twitter.com/xZrkpHyqsc— ANI (@ANI) September 29, 2017
Paramedics have taken the injured to KEM hospital, the police control room said.
.@RailMinIndia @WesternRly this is parel / elphinston bridge. We heard People died due to stampede ? Good returns of my tax! @narendramodi pic.twitter.com/Yj0tySttCo— Chirag Joshi (@chiragmjoshi) September 29, 2017
"We are still inquiring into the exact reasons. It happened on the narrow staircase. All the injured were rushed to the nearest hospitals," police officer Niket Kaushik said.
Local people voiced concerns after death of 22 people in stampede at Elphinstone railway station's foot overbridge.
#WATCH: Local voices concerns after death of 22 ppl in stampede at Elphinstone railway station's foot over bridge in Mumbai #mumbaistampede pic.twitter.com/xygnf4uX9N— ANI (@ANI) September 29, 2017
Read: Elphinstone stampede: Angry commuters blame mishap on Railways, police
Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawde announced compensation of Rs 5 Lakhs each to the kin of those killed. He also said that the state government will bear medical expenses of those injured.
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal expressed his grief at the tragic loss of innocent lives due to the stampede.
He also said that a high-level enquiry headed by the Chief Safety Officer, Western Railways, has been ordered.
Read: Rail minister orders high-level probe, condemns Mumbai stampede
Earlier reports stated that there were calls for repairing the bridge which was narrow and not strong enough to take the busy crowd.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis informed that a joint enquiry will be conducted by the Maharashtra government and the Railways Ministry and strict action will be taken for lapses.
President Ram Nath Kovind expressed grief over the loss of lives in the stampede and extended his condolences to the bereaved families.
Anguished by the loss of lives in the stampede in Mumbai. Condolences to the bereaved families; prayers with injured — #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 29, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also extended his condolences to the victims of the incident.
Read: Kovind, Modi condemn Elphinstone Road overbridge stampede
More details are awaited.