22 dead, several injured in stampede at Mumbai's Elphinstone Road station

Workers cleaning the Elphinstone Road station foot overbridge, before the fire brigade personnel reached the station.   | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini

Twenty two people have been reported dead and 32 (23 men and 9 women) have been injured in a stampede that occurred at the Elphinstone Road railway station on Friday morning.

While some of them were declared dead before admission, others died while under treatment at the hospital. Many are still being treated for their injuries.

In pictures: Elphinstone Road railway station stampede

Western Railway tweeted helpline numbers:

Churchgate22039840
Mumbai Central23051665
EPR24301614

List of decesed passengers (14 men, 8 women) brought at KEM Hospital on September 29, 2017.

1. Mukesh Mishra Male (20 yrs)

2. Sumalata Shetty Female (45 yrs)

3. Sujata Alva Female( 45 yrs)

4. Sachin Kadam Male (30 yrs)

5. Mayuresh Haldankar Male (20 yrs)

6. Ankush Jaiswal Male (25 yrs)

7. Jyotiba Chavan Male (35 yrs)

8. Suresh Jaiswal Male 

9. Teresa Fernandis Female (39 yrs)

10. Chandrabhaga Eknath Ingle Female (55 yrs)

11. Rohit Parab Male (11 yrs)

12. Alex Curia Male (61 yrs)

13. Hilloni Dedhia Female (24 yrs)

14. Chandan Ganesh Singh Male

15. Vijay Bahadur Male

16. Priyanka Pasalkar Female (23 yrs)

17. Mohammad Shakil Male (32 yrs)

18. Shraddha Warpe Female (25 yrs)

19. Meena Varun Kumar Female

20. Masood Shaikh Male (25 yrs)

21. (unidentified) Male

22. (unidentified) Male

Here are the updates:

6.00 p.m.: Congress president Sonia Gandhi has expressed shock at the Elphinstone tragedy. Terming it a man-made disaster and expressing concern over Rail safety, Ms. Gandhi said that such accidents could have been avoided had there been proper planning and concern for safety

3.00 p.m.: Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal visits KEM hospital. Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray also visited the stampede victims at the hospital.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackery at KEM Hospital.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackery at KEM Hospital.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

 

1.55 p.m.: Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar hit out at the Devendra Fadnavis-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, holding it responsible for the tragic stampede. Mr. Pawar lashed out against the Chief Minister's support of the ambitious Ahmedabad - Mumbai bullet train project, stating that if the funds had been used instead to overhaul the Railways and shore up the security of passengers, then the stampede might have been averted.

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1.30 p.m.: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted: "Enquiry will be conducted by Government of Maharashtra and Ministry of Railways and necessary, strict action will be taken.

₹5 lakh announced for the next of the kins of deceased and all the medical expenses of the injured will be borne by GoM."

Here is his statement:

 

1.20 p.m.: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted: "Just landed in Mumbai. Deeply grieved at tragic loss of innocent lives due to an unfortunate stampede at Elphinstone Road foot over bridge. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the bereaved. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured persons.

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

1.05 p.m.: Elphinstone bridge returns to normalcy. Security has been increased at the site of the disaster ahead of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal's visit.

Back to normalcy

Back to normalcy   | Photo Credit: Fariha Farooqui

 

12.50 p.m.: Friends and relatives of victims wait outside KEM hospital. Railway ministers likely to visit stampede spot by 1.15 p.m.

Scene outside KEM hospital.

Scene outside KEM hospital.   | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini

 

12.35 p.m.: KEM hospital releases a helpline number for all those who need medical attention: 022-24107000, reports Sachin Kalbag.

11.30 a.m.: Senior officers from the Railway administration as well as the Railway Police are currently at the spot. The Railway Police will be recording statements from the injured commuters later in the day, said officials.

11.15 a.m.: Railway Police officials said that the incident occurred on the foot over bridge at Elphinstone Road at around 10:50 a.m. on Friday.

“The rains in the morning had caused a large number of people to gather on the foot over bridge at Elphinstone Road. At around 10:50 a.m., a part of the tin roof of the FOB collapsed, causing panic among the people,” said an officer with the Railway Police.

The people, in their panic to escape what they thought was a major disaster, ended up creating a stampede on the FOB, and around 30 commuters were injured and rushed to the KEM Hospital in Parel.

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