At least 15 are crushed to death in stampede triggered by overcrowding and heavy rain at Mumbai railway station
11:10, Friday, 29 September, 2017
At least 15 people have been crushed to death and 30 more are injured after a stampede sparked by heavy rain at a packed railway station in Mumbai. The stampede took place at the Indian city's Elphinstone Road station as crowds were crossing a footbridge to another line at about 10.45am local time. The station is normally packed during rush hour periods with huge numbers of commuters making their way to offices in the area.
It is understood that the incident was triggered by overcrowding and heavy rainfall. However police at the scene said they were continuing to investigate the cause of the crush.
Emergency crews have rushed to the scene and pictures have emerged on social media showing victims being carried down stairs. Tanaji Pawar, a spokesman for Mumbai's disaster management cell, warned that the death toll 'is likely to go up'. He said there were at least five critically injured as well as the 15 confirmed dead. More follows.