Mumbai Rains: 500 Passengers Rescued From Mahalaxmi Exp


Mumbai: NDRF teams and Navy jointly rescued 500 passengers from the Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express, that has been stranded since early Saturday morning due to heavy rainfall in Mumbai, DRM Central Railways said.

The train is held up since 3 am between Badlapur and Vangani in Maharashtra, which is 100 kilometres away from Mumbai, a passenger onboard said.

A Central Railways officer said 700 passengers are on-board the train. However, initial reports claimed around 2,000 passengers were stranded.

Around 500 people have been rescued from the Mahalaxmi express train. The passengers are being taken to an open space, about 1.5 km from the site near a highway where water, food and medical facilities have been arranged.

A pregnant woman Reshma Kamble went into labour pain on board. Nine other pregnant women are also stranded on the train.

An NDRF team, a state disaster management team, a railway team, fire brigade teams are conducting the rescue operation together. Two ADRMs and other senior officials of the railways are at the spot monitoring the rescue work.

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