22 dead in a stampede at a foot over-bridge in Mumbai

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Mumbai: People and police look on at the site of a stampede that broke out on the Elphinstone Railway Station bridge in Mumbai on Friday. PTI Photo

Mumbai: People and police look on at the site of a stampede that broke out on the Elphinstone Railway Station bridge in Mumbai on Friday. PTI Photo

At least 22 people have died and several others have been injured in a stampede that took place at a foot over-bridge in Mumbai’s Elphinstone area.

Mumbai: NDRF personnel arrive to inspect the site after a stampede at Elphinstone railway station's foot over bridge in Mumbai on Friday. PTI Photo

Mumbai: NDRF personnel arrive to inspect the site after a stampede at Elphinstone railway station’s foot over bridge in Mumbai on Friday. PTI Photo

The stampede occurred at a narrow foot over-bridge that connects Elphinstone Road and Parel local railway stations in Mumbai.

More than 30 people are said to be injured. Even though the official death toll stands at 22,  it is likely to rise.

Mumbai: People and police look on at the site of a stampede that broke out on the Elphinstone Railway Station bridge in Mumbai on Friday. PTI Photo

Mumbai: People and police look on at the site of a stampede that broke out on the Elphinstone Railway Station bridge in Mumbai on Friday. PTI Photo

It was raining when the tragedy took place at around 10.40 am, the police said.

Police suspect a short-circuit with a loud sound near the foot over-bridge led to panic and people started running, which resulted in the stampede.

Mumbai: People look on at the site of a stampede that broke out on the Elphinstone Railway Station bridge in Mumbai on Friday. PTI Photo

Mumbai: People look on at the site of a stampede that broke out on the Elphinstone Railway Station bridge in Mumbai on Friday. PTI Photo

Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, who is in Mumbai montinoring the situation, has ordered a high-level probe into the incident.

The injured were rushed to near-by KEM hospital. Railway, police and fire brigade officials were at the site carrying out rescue operations. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis promised to take strict action against those responsible for the tragedy.

He announced ₹ 5 lakh as compensation for the next of the kins of the deceased.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also expressed condolences to the relatives of those who died in the tragic incident.

(With inputs from PTI)