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The incident at Mumbai’s Elphinstone station, which connects two of the city’s major local train lines, was triggered by overcrowding and heavy rains

At least 22 people were killed and nearly 60 others injured during a stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone railway station on Friday morning. The stampede took place on a foot-over-bridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations.

The injured persons – five of them said to be in a critical state – have been rushed to the nearby King Edward Memorial Hospital at Parel.

The incident that took place shortly after 10 am – a peak time for suburban railway commuters – occurred hours before Union railway minister Piyush Goyal was to arrive in Mumbai to dedicate 100 new suburban stations on the Central Railway and Western Railway route in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region coinciding with the Navratri-Dussehra festivities. That function has now been cancelled due to the tragedy and Goyal, who hails from Mumbai, is monitoring the relief operations.

Union railway ministry’s chief spokesperson, Anil Saxena, said that the incident was triggered due to heavy rains in the city on Friday which had forced many commuters to take shelter on the over-bridge and that as local trains full of passengers continued to chug into the two railway stations, the commotion at the mishap site kept increasing.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is on an official visit to Singapore, has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and free medical aid for those injured in the incident. He has also spoken to the state’s chief secretary Sumit Mallick and Mumbai police commissioner Datta Padsalgikar in a bid to assess the situation.

Meanwhile, the Union railway minister has ordered a probe into the incident.

Have ordered a high level enquiry headed by the Chief Safety Officer, Western Railways.

— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) September 29, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also expressed his condolence over the tragedy.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s disaster management unit has also mobilized its officials for relief operations while the Mumbai Police claimed that there is a shortage of A -ve, B -ve and AB -ve blood group in KEM hospital where several of the injured have been rushed to for treatment.

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