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World

Web Desk
March 15, 2019

Mumbai bridge collapse kills six

World

Web Desk
Fri, Mar 15, 2019


MUMBAI: At least six people were killed and 32 injured when a footbridge collapsed near Mumbai's main train station on Thursday.

The bridge, which was under repair according to multiple Indian media reports, collapsed Thursday evening when  rush hour commuters were  making their way into Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus.

A team of the Indian  disaster relief force was deployed  to carry out rescue work. Senior police officers were also  present at the spot to conduct the operations. NDRF initially said 10-12 were feared trapped under debris, but the police later clarified that was not the case.

According to Indian media, two of those killed are women and use to work at the GT Hospital, where 10 of the injured people have been shifted. Ten others have been moved to the St George hospital.

The accident comes almost two years after 23 people died in a crush on a narrow overcrowded footbridge at Prabhadevi station in the centre of the city in September 2017. Indian railway officials blamed bad weather for causing the deadly stampede despite commuter warnings before the tragedy of a disaster waiting to happen.

Experts pointed the finger of blame at the railway network's creaking infrastructure, which has long struggled to cope with several million daily passengers.

About 7.5 million passengers commute in nearly 2,500 trains daily on Mumbai''s colonial-era rail network, a lifeline for the city''s 20 million residents.