Mumbai Stampede: BMC's quick response team saves the day

Sep 30, 2017, 08:08 IST | A Correspondent

The civic body's disaster management cell jumped into action, deploying ambulances, doctors and paramedical staff as soon as officials got the distress call about stampede

With the 108 ambulance outside the Elphinstone Road station proving useless, it was the BMC's disaster management cell that saved the day. The civic body received a call about the stampede at 10.30 am, and immediately sent 14 ambulances to the spot to ferry the injured to KEM Hospital.

A paramedic rushes an injured victim to KEM Hospital. Pic/Suresh Karkera
A paramedic rushes an injured victim to KEM Hospital. Pic/Suresh Karkera

Sudhir Naik, deputy municipal commissioner, said, "Immediately after we got to know about the incident, a team of four doctors with paramedical staff was deputed to provide basic treatment to injured patients. We also alerted KEM Hospital, where 40 doctors and 200 paramedical staff were dedicated to treat and look after the stampede victims."

The BMC is also in the process of assessing the condition of 314 bridges - including FOBs and ROBs - that are under the civic body's purview. This does not include FOBs used by railway commuters (pass and ticket holders), which are looked after by railway authorities. An official said, "The inventory of such bridges will include each and every detail, such as age, last date of repair, capacity and other factors." The survey is likely to be completed by December.

Rain contributed
According to the BMC disaster management cell, from 10 am to 11 am, the G-south (Worli, Mahalaxmi) and F-south (Parel, Sewri) wards received 27.17 mm rainfall. An official from the department said, "After 9.30 am, it suddenly started raining very heavily. So, most of the people who did not have an umbrella took shelter on the FOB where the stampede took place."

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Number of ambulances deployed

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Number of bridges the BMC will assess

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Number of doctors treating the injured

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Number of paramedical staff providing medical aid

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