Hundreds rescued after India train trapped by monsoon floodwaters

Sunday, 28 Jul, 2019

Efforts to rescue to stranded passengers is underway.

Over 600 passengers on Mahalaxmi Express have been safely rescued due to the collective efforts of NDRF, Indian Navy, Indian Army and the Air Force.

All the passengers stranded in Mahalaxmi Express were evacuated safely, CM informed this afternoon. So far, as many as 500 passengers, including 117 children, have been rescued to safety.

The home minister also said the central government is closely monitoring the entire operation.

Indian navy helicopters and emergency service boats came to the rescue of about 700 people stuck on a train caught in floods near Mumbai on Saturday.

The CR added that a relief train has been stationed at Badlapur to ferry the passengers, along with food, water and medical supplies, besides making arrangements to take the passengers onward to Kolhapur. The train is in a safe place.

"RPF and city police have reached the site where the Mahalaxmi Express is held up".

The Navy deployed eight rescue teams within 40 minutes of the first call.

Over a thousand passengers onboard the Mahalaxmi Express who were stranded after the train stalled on flooded tracks early Saturday morning, have been rescued, a top official said. NDRF, State Disaster Management, Railway Protection Force and fire brigade officials were pressed into service to rescue the stranded passengers. A seaking helicopter was also sent with divers for deployment in the area as advance assessment party. According to the rainfall data available with Skymet, Badlapur has recorded a whopping 338 mm of rain in 24 hours from 8.30 am on Friday.

The rain had also forced the cancellations of seven outbound flights and four incoming planes while eight flights were asked to circle and nine were diverted past midnight.

The Kolhapur-bound Mahalaxmi Express got stranded near Vangani on the outskirts of Mumbai due to rising water levels on Friday night.

The BBC reported that a total of 1,050 people were rescued from a train.

Monsoon rains have displaced millions of people across India, Nepal and Bangladesh due to flash floods and landslides over the past week.

Meanwhile, India Meteorological Department on Saturday predicted intermittent rain with "heavy to very heavy falls" in certain parts of Mumbai and the suburban areas within the next 48 hours.