15 dead, 50 injured in railway footbridge stampede in India

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-29 15:26:03|Editor: ying
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MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- At least 15 people were killed and 50 others injured, some of them seriously, Friday morning in a stampede at a footbridge near a local train station in Mumbai, India's financial capital, local media reports said.

Local police officials were tight-lipped over the death toll but said many injured have been taken to hospital for treatment.

"We have taken all the injured to hospitals and are carrying out rescue work," Anil Saxena, railway spokesman told media. "It is difficult for us to compile the exact death toll at this point of time. We will issue the details little later after proper verification."

According to police and railway officials, the stampede happened at around 9:45 a.m. local time on a narrow footbridge near the Lower Parel and Elphinstone stations after many people assembled at the spot due to heavy rains.

"The rains in the morning resulted in the rush at the foot over bridge and when people started moving out a stampede occurred," a police official said.

The official said the local government has ordered an investigation to ascertain the cause of the incident.

Television footages showed people lying on the ground, some unconscious and people trying to revive them with water and first aid. Footwear and bags were seen scattered around.

Reports said the two train stations are used by most of the commuters in Mumbai as the areas are close to many office buildings.

Locals said over 400 people were present at the bridge at the time of the stampede.

India's sprawling railways is the world's third largest network, ferrying around 23 million people each day.