Mumbai, July 27 : The Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express train with 700 passengers on board has been stuck near Vangani in Thane district in Maharashtra, which is 100 kilometres away from Mumbai, since 3 am on Saturday as the railway tracks ahead are inundated.
Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express has been stranded since early Saturday morning with around 700 passengers on board, DRM Central Railways said.
Mahalaxmi Express rescue operation is underway to rescue 700 passengers on a war footing as 8 flood rescue teams from Navy including 3 diving teams has been mobilised with rescue material, inflatable boats and life jackets. An Helicopter has also sent with divers for deployment in the area as advance assessment party.
An NDRF team has been deployed to rescue the stranded passengers of Mahalaxmi Express has reached the spot with several boats. A Navy helicopter is also helping with the rescue operation.
The train is held up since 3 am between Badlapur and Vangani in Maharashtra, which is 100 kilometres away from Mumbai, a passenger on board said.
Mumbai, the financial capital of India has been witnessing heavy showers since Friday morning and weather department has issued orange alert and schools has been shut due to very heavy rains.
The railways warned the passengers against stepping out of the stranded train, because of the dangerous water levels outside, and requested them to wait for help.
Maharashtra minister Eknath Gaikwad said two helicopters will help the rescue operation along with six teams of the National Disaster Response Force or NDRF on the ground from Mumbai, Thane and Pune with inflatable rubber boats.
Most of the areas in the towns of Badlapur, Ulhasnagar, Vangani were submerged since early Saturday as heavy rain battered the region, flooding local rivers and other water bodies.
Eleven flights were cancelled this morning at the Mumbai airport due to fluctuating visibility. Several flights were diverted too.