Tragedy struck on a bridge near Mumbai’s Elphinstone railway station, which killed at least 22 people and injured a dozen others after a stampede by commuters trying to save their lives.
Reports say the incident at the footbridge in Mumbai’s Elphinstone station, which connects two of the city’s major local lines, happened during morning rush hour amid a heavy downpour.
“There was chaos all around on the narrow bridge, people jumped over each other and many were seriously injured,” police officer Sunil Deshmukh said.
Railways spokesman Ravinder Bhakar said a number of people had taken shelter near the train station to escape the heavy rain.
“A stampede-like situation developed. More than 30 people are injured,” he told dpa news agency.
TV footage showed injured people lying on the ground and locals attempting to revive them by pumping their chests. Officials said the death toll was likely to rise