MUMBAI (Reuters) – A rush hour stampede in the course of a unexpected monsoon downpour at a railway-station in India’s economic hub of Mumbai killed at minimum 22 people and wounded extra than 30, an Indian point out formal said on Friday.
The cause of the stampede on a bridge at the city’s central Elphinstone station in the course of the rainstorm was getting investigated, a law enforcement formal at the accident website said.
“Two of the hurt are in major situation,” said Deepak Sawant, the health and fitness minister of the western point out of Maharashtra bordering Mumbai, who furnished the estimate of casualties.
The stampede took location soon after the cloudburst caught commuters off guard, prompting scores to scurry for cover below the roof of the station’s pedestrian overbridge, said Akash Koteja, one particular of the hurt.
“Trains ended up rolling in and some people desired to get out of the station, but others ended up not generating way. When a several attempted, it led to a stampede,” said Koteja.
The bridge is usually crowded at that time of day, as it also serves as an exit route for passengers having off trains at an adjoining railway-station, he added.
Manish Mishra, a witness who helped some of the hurt, said the problem was worsened as law enforcement and crisis officials did not reply promptly or enforce group manage actions.
Police and crisis officials ended up not promptly reachable for remark on Mishra’s assertion.
Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav and Devidutta Tripathy Writing by Euan Rocha Modifying by Nick Macfie and Clarence Fernandez