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President Kovind 'anguished' by loss of lives in Elphinstone stampede

29 Setiembre 2017, 03:32 | Bibiana Flor

President Kovind 'anguished' by loss of lives in Elphinstone stampede

President Kovind 'anguished' by loss of lives in Elphinstone stampede

At least 22 people were killed in a stampede at Mumbai's Elphinstone railway station.

At least 22 people were killed and more than 30 others injured in a stampede at Mumbai's Elphinstone railway station on Friday (Sept 29), local media reported. In his letter, Sawant brought the Railways' attention to the state of the Elphinstone Road station, and demanded an overhaul of the bridge.

Shiv Sena MLA, Ajay Choudhary, said that the government was incapable of providing basic facilities to passengers but dreamt of bullet trains. The dead included 11 men, eight women and a child, according to sub-inspector Ratnakar Adsul from Mumbai's railway police.

A pile of footwear was lying next to the bridge and rescuers were seen clearing out more from the stairs.

Elphinstone railway station which stays occupied during the peak hours failed to manage the rush. Visuals showed people on the ground and passers-by dragging the injured down the bridge.

Western Railways official said medical officials have been deployed to the site. "It was a horrific sight". Kaushik further stated that while 20 of the injured have sustained serious injury, 10 have suffered minor injuries. "There are a lot of problems with the bridge and it definitely needs rework and fix".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ramnath Kovind and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed grief over the death in the incident.

Earlier this month, some 33 people died after a building collapsed during a monsoon storm.

"There were too many people on the bridge, and the people were in hurry and wanted to move out", said Brijesh Upadhyay, one of the many caught in the crowd. The police were trying to control the crowd of commuters.

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