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700 train passengers stuck in floods rescued

July 28, 2019

Around 700 passengers who were stranded for almost 12 hours in the Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express have been rescued.

The train was stuck around 60 km away from Mumbai between Badlapur and Vangani due to waterlogging and passengers could not go anywhere. Passengers shared their ordeal from the train through social media as the train stood on flooded tracks.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Railway Protection Force (RPF), navy and air force were deployed to get the 700 passengers to safety. Seven Navy teams and two IAF helicopters were involved to rescue the people.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis congratulated the teams for the successful rescue mission.

He tweeted, "Happy to inform that all the passengers stranded in #MahalaxmiExpress have been evacuated safely. Congratulations & Thank you to @NDRFHQ , Army, @indiannavy , Airforce, Police, Indian Railways, Local administration and entire team for this coordinated & great efforts!"

"IAF, Railways & state administration have safely rescued all the 700 passengers stranded on Mahalaxmi Exp near Mumbai due to heavy rain. We were closely monitoring the entire operation. Kudos to the rescue teams for their exemplary effort," tweeted Union Home Minister Amit Shah Heavy rainfall has disturbed day to day life in Mumbai and nearby areas resulting in cancellation of several flights and delay in trains.

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