Elphinstone Road Station Stampede Mumbai: 22 dead, 30 injured in tragedy; President Ram Nath Kovind condoles loss of lives

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New Delhi | Updated: September 29, 2017 8:28:55 PM

Elphinstone Road Station Stampede Mumbai: In an unfortunate incident, as many as 22 people were reported dead while more than 50 people were injured in a stampede at Mumbai's Elphinstone road railway station.

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Elphinstone Road Station Stampede: In an unfortunate incident, as many as 22 people were reported dead while more than 50 people were injured in a stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone road railway station. The incident took place at the foot overbridge of the railway incident. The casualties are likely to go up. The real reason behind the incident is still not clear but is being reported that since there are two exits of the station, it led to the stampede. Some other media reports suggest that the incident took place because of the heavy rains in Mumbai. A video of the incident was uploaded by multiple news channels. In this video, one can see that people were trying to get out of the station by climbing the railings of Parel bridge. The incident took place is one of the most crowded railway stations of Mumbai. The rescue operations are currently going on.

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Here are Elphinstone Road Railway Station Stampede Mumbai:

7:08 PM: Ministry of Railways posted a list of victims in the Mumbai Stampede.

6:01 pm: Union Health Minister JP Nadda spoke to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and asked about the health of injured people and offered necessary assistance, ANI reports

5:34 pm: Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje has also expressed grief over the incident. “Deeply saddened by the Elphinstone Station incident. My prayers are with the families of the deceased. Hope the injured recover soon,” Raje wrote on Twitter.

5:10 pm: As per Indian Express report, former Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, in a letter dated 20 February, 2016, had written to Maharashtra MP Arvind Ganpat Sawant, saying the construction of 12m wide new foot over bridge at Elphinstone Road was under the “positive consideration” of Railway Ministry.

(Source: IE)

4:41 pm: As per ANI report,  22 people have died and 39 injured in Mumbai Stampede so far.

4:23 pm: Former Maharastra CM Ashok Chavan said that it is due to incidents like these the government is defamed. He said,”Aisi ghatnaon ke kaaran sarkaar badnaam ho chuki hai; log bohot pareshan hain,” as per ANI report.

3:49 PM: As per CAG, no audit of over bridge was done in last 10 years, reports CNN-News 18.

3:46 PM: Cops manhandle journalists at railway station in Mumbai, says CNN-News 18.

3:38 PM: After the tragedy, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has ordered a high-level probe in Mumbai. He announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to family members of the deceased, Rs 1 lakh to grievously injured and Rs 50,000 to those who suffered minor injuries, said Indian Express.

3: 33 PM: Centre had earlier ignore warning on the bridge, claims India Today. Says Shiv Sena had earlier warned of the possible disaster.

3:30 PM: Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje has tweeted expressing grief over the incident. “Deeply saddened by the Elphinstone Station incident. My prayers are with the families of the deceased. Hope the injured recover soon,” Raje wrote on social network site.

3:25 PM: Here is the list of victims who lost their lives in the tragedy today.

 

3:20 PM: A Class 4 student was among those killed. Rohit Parab was going to the Parel market with his elder brother Aakash to shop for Dussehra when the Elphinstone stampede took place. While Aakash suffered injuries in the accident, Rohit could not be saved, reported Indian Express.

3:15 pm: As per ANI report, Piyush Goyal said,”Have also issued directions for safety & capacity audit of foot over bridges in Mumbai where there is congestion.” He added,”Wherever there is a need for foot over bridges to be widened, we will do it immediately on high priority.”

3:05 pm: In a new development in casualties, ANI reported that a total of 39 people  are injured in stampede.

2:59 PM: Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, who earlier in the dayvisited the scene, said it was the responsibility of the Western Railway authorities to ensure safety of commuters, IANS reported.

2:54 PM: “None should do politics on such an unfortunate incident, there are people who always seek opportunity.We are above politics on the issue, “Sinha further tells ANI.

2:52 PM: “I don’t think any question has been raised on structural strength of bridge; the incident happened due to stampede, ” MoS Railways Manoj Sinha tells ANI.

2:48 PM: After the incident, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal  cancelled his innauguration plan, reports the agency.

2:46 PM: As per IANS, tragedy occurred as Piyush Goyal reached Mumbai to launch scores of new suburban train services for Western Railway and Central Railway as also the Harbour Line.

2:44 PM: The exact cause of the incident  was not known but witnesses claimed a sudden rumour of a suspected electrical short-circuit led to panic run, IANS reported.

2:40 PM: Piyush Goyal announces compensation of Rs 1,oo.000 for injured. Says will conduct audit of foot overbridges. He further says that budget had been sanctioned for the bridge.

2:31 PM: The stampede took place after the cloudburst caught commuters off guard, prompting scores to scurry for cover under the roof of the station’s pedestrian overbridge, Akash Koteja, one of the injured told PTI.

2:20 PM: President Ram Nath Kovind expresses condolence over the deaths caused by a stampede in Mumbai.   “Anguished by the loss of lives in the stampede in Mumbai. Condolences to the bereaved families; prayers with injured,” the president said in a tweet.

2:12 PM: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Maharashtra Minister Vinod Tawde also met injured at KEM Hospital, reports ANI.

2:08 PM: Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray leaves KEM hospital after meeting injured.

2:05 PM: The bridge is usually crowded at that time of day, as it also serves as an exit route for passengers getting off trains at an adjoining railway-station, an official told PTI.

1:55 PM: It is a tragic incident. Country is in shock. Have spoke to state chief secretary and Mumbai Police chief. State government has taken the incident quite seriously: Fadnavis tells CNN-News 18

1:45 PM: Helpline numbers: Churchgate station- 22039840, Mumbai Central station- 23051665 and Elphinstone Road station- 24301614.

1:40 PM: “Enquiry will be conducted by Maharashtra Government & Railways Ministry and necessary, strict action will be taken”, CM Devendra Fadnavis tweets.

1:35 PM: The cause of the stampede on a bridge at the city’s central Elphinstone station during the rainstorm was being investigated, a police official at the accident site told PTI.

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1:3O PM: Pay my condolence to to th bereaved family, hoped injured get well soon. Have orderec high level enquiry which will look into the matter: Piyush Goyal tells ANI.

1:24 PM : “Have ordered a high level enquiry headed by the Chief Safety Officer, Western Railways,” he added

1:22 PM: Just landed in Mumbai. Deeply grieved at tragic loss of innocent lives due to unfortunate stampede”, tweets Railway Minister Piyush Goyal

1: 15 PM: “Situation in Mumbai is being continuously monitored. PiyushGoyal is in Mumbai taking stock of the situation & ensuring all assistance,” PM Modi said in another tweet.

1:08 PM: Condoling the Mumbai tragedy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter saying, “My deepest condolences to all those who have lost their lives due to the stampede in Mumbai. Prayers with those who are injured”.

1:05 PM: The NDRF team has reached the spot and is currently involved in the rescue operations.

(Source: ANI)

1:07 PM: Shortage of blood in KEM Hospital. B- and AB- blood groups needed, reports ANI.

1:02 PM: NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik expressed his condolences on the Elphinstone stampede. According to The Indian Express, he said an “inquiry should be instituted immediately and action must be taken against those responsible for this tragedy.”

12:55 PM: Here is what President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted about this incident in Mumbai:

12:52 PM: More reactions are coming from the locals. They are obviously very angry about the stampede at the Elphinstone Road Station. Check out what they have to say:

12:50 PM: Reaction has come in from President Ram Nath Kovind. “Anguished by the loss of lives in the stampede in #Mumbai. Condolences to the bereaved families; prayers with injured,” he said.

12:45 PM: “Death of 22 people have been confirmed & 27 have been injured,” says Anil Saxena, DG PR, Railway. Meanwhile, Piyush Goyal is expected to reach the station shortly.

(Source: ANI)

12:40 PM: “Due to sudden rain, people were waiting at the station. When the rain stopped there was chaos to go out, stampede occurred,” A Saxena, DGPR, Railway was quoted as saying by ANI.

12:32 PM: BMC has blamed Railways for the tragedy, CNN-News 18 reported.

12:26 PM: The death toll has increased to 22, reports ANI.

12:24 PM: Here is what the Twitterati are saying about Elphinstone Road Railway Station Stampede.

12:17 PM: “Of the injured 20 people have serious injuries, rest have minor injuries. Can’t comment more right now,” Niket Kaushik, GRP Commissioner was quoted as saying by ANI.

12:15 PM: The Elphinstone station is usually believed to be crowded at this time of the day. The rush was more today because of the festive season.

12:13 PM: A lot of reactions are coming in from the Mumbaikars:

12:10 PM: According to AP, the police believes that the stampede took place because of a rumour that a pedestrian overpass collapsed after concrete chunks fell. Chaos prevailed as people surged forward to leave the bridge.

12:04 PM: The Railway has confirmed that the stampede took place due to heavy rains. “1/3 During heavy rains, due to stampede like situation on North Foot Over Bridge at Elphinstone Road station at about 10.30 am @drmbct,” it said in a tweet.

12:01 PM: Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has rushed to the side. He is scheduled to arrive at the station around 12:40 PM.

11:58 AM: News channel CNN-News 18 reports that BMC has confirmed that 15 people were declared dead when they were brought to the hospital.

11:56 AM: News agency ANI reports that as many as 15 people are dead in the incident.

11:51 AM: The Indian Express quoted a Western Railway PRO saying that at least 30 people have been injured.

11:47 AM: CNN-News 18 is reporting that the Railway Ministry will visit the spot. Meanwhile, a police official told the media that injured have been rushed to the hospitals and the relief operation is on.

11:43 AM: Here is what happened at the Elphinstone Road Railway Station Stampede:

11:41 AM: The Disaster Management Unit as well the fire tenders are at the spot now.

11:37 AM: The stampede took place around 10:45 AM this morning. The injured have been taken to the Kem hospital.

11:35 AM: Some local media channels are reporting that the number of injured might be over 50.

11:30 AM: Here are the visuals from the Elphinstone Railway Station:

11:30 AM: Times Now reported that heavy rains were the reason behind the stampede. However, there was no rain in that part of the Mumbai when the incident took place.

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