Massive stampede at Mumbai rail station leaves at least 22 dead during Friday morning rush hour

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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 commuter lies injured after the rush hour stampede

A commuter lies injured after the rush hour stampede
 Dozens of people were crushed as they tried to escape down stairs

Dozens of people were crushed as they tried to escape down stairs
 One of the injured travellers is carried away by rescuers

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One of the injured travellers is carried away by rescuers
 At least 22 people were killed in this morning's tragedy

At least 22 people were killed in this morning’s tragedy
 Rescuers battle to free those trapped in the underpass

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Rescuers battle to free those trapped in the underpass

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.

 The station was packed with thousands of commuters sheltering from rain storms

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The station was packed with thousands of commuters sheltering from rain storms
 32 people - 19 women and 13 men - are being treated for injuries

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32 people – 19 women and 13 men – are being treated for injuries
 Some were hurt leaping off the stairway to avoid the crush

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Some were hurt leaping off the stairway to avoid the crush
 An investigation has been launched into the disaster

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An investigation has been launched into the disaster
Horrific footage shows aftermath of Mumbai railway stampede which has

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.”

 A fund of Rs 500,000 (£5,500) has been announced for next of kin

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A fund of Rs 500,000 (£5,500) has been announced for next of kin
 Police seal off the staircase where many of the victims died

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Police seal off the staircase where many of the victims died
 The stampede was triggered when four trains arrived at the same time

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The stampede was triggered when four trains arrived at the same time
 Tearful relatives at the scene of the horror this morning

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Tearful relatives at the scene of the horror this morning
 Falling concrete had also hit part of the bridge railing

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Falling concrete had also hit part of the bridge railing

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.

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