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Rush hour stam­pede: At least 22 peo­ple were crushed to death last Fri­day when a stam­pede broke out in a crowded Mum­bai rail­way sta­tion dur­ing the morn­ing rush hour. Wit­nesses said that the dis­as­ter was trig­gered by bits of con­crete fall­ing from a cov­ered foot­bridge that con­nects two sub­ur­ban sta­tions – Prab­hadevi (for­merly El­phin­stone) and Parel. Amid fears the bridge was about to col­lapse, the crowd surged for­ward; peo­ple fell, and were tram­pled. Of­fi­cials said the bridge had been more crowded than usual, as peo­ple were us­ing the route to shel­ter from rain. Mum­bai’s vast, over­crowded rail net­work is no­to­ri­ous for ac­ci­dents. It is es­ti­mated that some 3,000 commuters are killed each year; many fall from mov­ing trains, oth­ers are elec­tro­cuted while cross­ing tracks, or as a re­sult of slip­ping onto the line.

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