THIS is the horrific carnage caused by a rush-hour stampede at a Mumbai railway station this morning which has left at least 22 people dead.
The sickening tragedy happened on a narrow footbridge and stairway used by commuters travelling on two of the Indian city’s busiest train lines.
A further 32 – 19 women and 13 men – are being treated for injuries.
Some people were hurt leaping over the railing to escape the crush, while others were killed in the melee or fell underfoot and were trampled.
A railway official confirmed the stampede was triggered after four trains approached the station from different lines at the same time.
The official said: “Because of the rain, two trains came here, two on central line. Four trains came at the same time.
“Many were waiting in the rain. There were too many people in a cramped space. When people were trying to rush to their trains, the stampede happened.”
An investigation has now been launched into the disaster and a compensation fund for the victims’ families has been set up.
Indian Prime Minister, 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.”
A fund of Rs 500,000 (£5,500) has been announced for the next of the kin of deceased and all the medical expenses of the injured will be paid for by the state.
A video shows the stairs leading down from the bridge piled high with commuters crushed in the stampede, which happened at 9.30am.
The death toll is said to be particularly high because the covered bridge was full of commuters sheltering from sudden downpours.
“There were too many people on the bridge, and the people were in hurry and wanted to move out,” said Brijesh Upadhyay, one of the many caught in the crowd.
“There was nobody helping, it was very suffocating, and we just wanted to get out of there and fell on each other.”
One rescuer told Indian broadcaster NDTV that the stampede trapped dozens in the narrow passage, forcing rescuers to break the railing to pull people out.
Mumbai police official Gansham Patel said some falling concrete had hit part of the bridge railing, leading people to surge forward out of panic at the thought that the bridge was collapsing.
Commuters also often complain about hawkers selling their wares on the narrow overpass, which connects the two commuter railway stations Elphinstone and Parel.