At least 22 people have been killed and about 25 injured in a stampede at a train station in Bombay in western India, an official source said.

“Twenty-two people have been killed in a stampede,” said a spokesman for the Disaster Management Unit of the Greater Bombay Municipal Corporation who asked not to be identified.

He explained that the stampede occurred when several people, who tried protect themselves from rain on a bridge that served as a passageway to the subway station on Elphinstone Road, tried to leave the passageway, which generated an avalanche of people.

The spokesman said that hundreds of people were at that time on the bridge, narrow and used daily by thousands of people.

He added that about 25 people are injured and have been taken to hospitals in the area to give them emergency care, as many are in a “critical” situation.

Stampedes are relatively frequent in India, especially during religious celebrations.

In October last year, at least 19 people were killed as a result of a human avalanche when thousands of people started running in fear of the collapse of a bridge in Benares.

In July 2016, 27 people died in Andhra Pradesh in an avalanche after several women fell into a river.

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