Nearly 1,000 rescued from stranded Mahalaxmi Express

Mumbai Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express

Mumbai, July 27 : About 8 flood rescue teams from Navy including 3 diving teams has been mobilised to help rescue 700 passengers on board Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express train that has been struck due to heavy rains in Mumbai between Badlapur and Wangani station since the railway tracks ahead are reported to be inundated.

A Seaking Helicopter also sent with divers for deployment in the area as advance assessment party.

Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express has been stranded since early Saturday morning with around 700 passengers on board.

An NDRF team 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.

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

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