Maha deluge: Railways confirms1,050 passengers rescued of stranded Mahalaxmi Express
Mumbai, July 27: As heavy shower continued to lash Mumbai and parts of Maharashtra, total 1,050 passengers on board Kolhapur-bound Mahalaxmi Express were rescued on Saturday in a multi-agency operation nearly 17 hours after the train was stranded near Vangani in Thane district due to flooding on tracks following heavy rains.
Central Railway (CR) officials said all the passengers, including nine pregnant women, were rescued by 3 pm. Union Home Minister Amit Shah praised the rescue teams and said the Centre was closely monitoring the situation.
Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Navy, Air Force, Army, Railways and state administration rescued all the passengers, he tweeted. "Kudos to the rescue teams for their exemplary effort," he said.
The train had left Mumbai for Kolhapur on Friday night, but could not travel beyond Vangani, where it reached in the wee hours Saturday. Talking to PTI, chief spokesperson of the CR Sunil Udasi said all 1,050 passengers were taken to a safe spot. "
Mahalaxmi Express rescue operation: 8 flood rescue teams from Navy including 3 diving teams mobilised with rescue material, inflatable boats & life jackets. A Seaking Helicopter also sent with divers for deployment in the area as advance assessment party. #Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/qBNyGXefL1— ANI (@ANI) July 27, 2019
A special train with 19 coaches will leave from Kalyan to Kolhapur with the affected passengers of the Mahalaxmi Express," Udasi said.
Officials involved in the rescue operation said the nine pregnant women and a one-month-old baby girl were also safe. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai spoke to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and assured him that all central assistance will be provided to the state, the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said in tweet earlier.