All passengers of stranded Mahalaxmi Express rescued; Amit Shah praises rescue teams

Cheryl Sanders
July 27, 2019

Train is a safe place. They are distributing biscuits and water to the stranded passengers.

Besides, seven Indian Navy teams of divers with specialised equipment, two helicopters of the IAF, including a Seaking and MI17, two columns of Indian Army from Mumbai have already gone to Thane and two more are en route, for the massive operations. "Helicopter services and naval assistance have also been sought", he added. The downpour led to traffic snarls and cancellation of several flights.

Thirteen trains were diverted, six short trains were terminated and two others have been cancelled due to heavy rainfall and overflowing River Ulhas resulting in waterlogging at Ambernath, said Sunil Udasi, chief public relations officer, Central Railway.

Hundreds of passengers in India spent over 15 hours without food or drinking water after their train got stuck in a giant lake created by torrential rain.

There is no report of any casualty due to the rains in the district, he said.

While Thane city recorded 160 mm rainfall till 8 am July 27, Murbad recorded 332 mm, while Kalyan, Ulhasnagar and Amberanth recorded over 200 mm of rainfall each, an official release from the district collectorate said.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Mumbai will continue to receive heavy rains till July 29 with the minimum and maximum temperatures hovering around 24 degree Celsius and 30 degree Celsius, respectively. Several flights were diverted too.

School Education Minister Ashish Shelar tweeted, "Reviewed heavy rainfall situation at all parts of state, considering local rainfall situation concerned Headmaster/principal can take decision for declaring holiday at their level for Saturday".

Guardian Minister of Thane Eknath Gaikwad rushed to Badlapur to take stock of the rescue operations and said besides the defence and NDRF, all surrounding towns, cities and villages have also sent in their rescue teams to help the passengers.

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