Mumbai stampede: 27 dead, over 30 injured at Elphinstone railway station

Deepak, 29/09/2017
Mumbai stampede: 27 dead, over 30 injured at Elphinstone railway station

Mumbai: At least twenty seven people have been killed in a stampede at Elphinstone railway station's foot-over bridge in Mumbai that took place on Friday morning. Over 30 people have been injured in the incident. Medical teams have reached the spot. Those injured have been rushed to KEM hospital.

Commuters claim that the foot-over bridge at Elphinstone was narrow and is always crowded during the peak hours. In videos emerging from the incident, people can be seen trying to climb over the railings of the stairway to escape the stampede.

The helpline numbers are

KEM hospital: 022-24107000
Western Railway control room: 022 - 23070564, 022-23017379, 022-23635959
Mumbai railway control room: 022-23081725
Traffic helpline WhatsApp no: 8454999999
Churchgate station- 22039840, 
Mumbai Central station- 23051665 
Elphinstone Road station- 24301614

Here are the latest updates:

- Compensation of 5 lakh each will be given to kin of those dead. State government will bear the medical expenses of the injured: Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawde

- Enquiry will be conducted by Maha government and Railways Ministry and necessary, strict action will be taken: CM Devendra Fadnavis

- Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has reached Mumbai and will be visiting the spot soon. "Just landed in Mumbai. Deeply grieved at tragic loss of innocent lives due to an unfortunate stampede at Elphinstone Road foot over bridge. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the bereaved. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured persons," he tweeted. He also added that a high level enquiry headed by the Chief Safety Officer, Western Railways has been ordered into the mishap

 - Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, who visited the scene, said it was the responsibility of the Western Railway authorities to ensure commuters' safety.

- Eyewitnesses have slammed the police for reaching late and have blamed the railway authorities for the incident.

- The death toll has risen to 22, BMC disaster control room has confirmed.

- TV footage showed commuters trying to revive the injured by pumping their chests and also carrying some down the stairs to street level.

- Medical teams have urged people to come out and donate blood. There is an urgent need of A- blood, doctors have appealed.

- Niket Kaushik, GRP Commissioner has confirmed that out of those injured, 20 people have suffered serious injuries.

- Shiv Sena MLA Ajay Choudhary hit out at the government over the stampede. "Govt not able to provide basic facilities and services at stations but dreams of bullet trains," he said.

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