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India: At least 21 killed in Mumbai station stampede

شعار Al Jazeera Al Jazeera 29/09/2017

At least 21 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a stampede on a bridge near a railway station in India's financial hub of Mumbai. 

The incident on Friday occured during morning rush hour amid a heavy downpour on a footbridge in Mumbai's Elphinstone station, which connects two of the city's major local lines.

TV footage showed injured people lying on the ground and locals attempting to revive them by pumping their chests. Officials said the death toll was likely to rise.

Railways spokesman Ravinder Bhakar said a number of people had taken shelter near the train station to escape the heavy rain.

"A stampede-like situation developed. More than 30 people are injured," he told dpa news agency.

The stampede was triggered by falling concrete that hit the bridge railing, leading people in the crowd to surge forward to escape as they thought the bridge was collapsing, Mumbai police official Gansham Patel said.

Tanaji Pawar, a spokesman for Mumbai's disaster management office, warned the death toll "is likely to go up".

Deadly stampedes are common during religious festivals in India, where large crowds gather in small areas with few safety or crowd control measures.

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