Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express held up due to rains; IAF, Navy deployed to rescue 2000 stranded passengers

Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express, with 2000 passengers onboard, halted due to incessant rains on Saturday morning, informed the Central Railways. Efforts to rescue to stranded passengers is underway. Teams of NRDF, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force has been pressed into action.

Initially, authorities planned to airlift the passengers to safety. However, the operations were hampered due to incessant rains.

As per latest update, three boats have reached the site of the train to assist passenger. "Chief Secretary personally looking into it," said Brijesh Singh, Inspector General, Directorate General of Information and Public Relations.

A team of NDRF personnel along with teams of Indian Navy navy are on the move to rescue of passengers stranded in Mahalakshmi express in Wangni area. An IAF chopper has been pressed into action to support rescue efforts. Eight NDRF boats - six inflated and two more currently being inflated - with rescue personnel on it just a few hundred metres away from site.

The train is held up between Badlapur and Wangani at KM72. Badlapur is about 100 km from Mumbai.

RPF and City police have reached the site where Mahalaxmi Express is held up. They are distributing biscuits and water to the stranded passengers.

Central railway requested passengers stranded in Mahalaxmi Express not to deboard or get down the train: "Our request to passengers of Mahalaxmi Express, please don't get down from train. Train is the safe place. Staff, RPF and City Police is in train to look after your well being. Please wait for advice from NDRF and other disaster management authorities," it tweeted.

[ Jul 27, 2019]