22 killed in stampede at Mumbai railway station

The crush on the bridge at Mumbai's central Elphinstone Road station yesterday. The stampede occurred after hundreds of commuters rushed to seek cover on the bridge amid a sudden downpour. PHOTO: MAHARASHTRA CONGRESS/TWITTER

A stampede during the morning rush hour yesterday at a railway station in the heart of India's financial capital, Mumbai, has left at least 22 people dead and 36 injured.

Several hundred commuters had gathered on a narrow footbridge at the central Elphinstone Road station to seek cover from the rain, said eyewitnesses.

India has the world's fourth-biggest rail network, but grapples with underinvestment and overcrowding, especially in Mumbai, a city of 20 million where rail accidents have led to more than 3,000 deaths in each of the past three years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 30, 2017, with the headline '22 killed in stampede at Mumbai railway station'. Print Edition | Subscribe