Heavy rain in Maharashtra: Mahalaxmi Express stucked in water with 2000 passengers

DRM Central Railways said, Mahalaxmi Express has been held up since Saturday morning between Badlapur and Vangani in Maharashtra with around 700 passengers on board.  NDRF team has been deployed to rescue the passengers and is expected to reach the spot soon.

Meanwhile, Railway Protection Force and the city police have also reached the spot where Mahalaxmi Express is held up.

Initial media reports, however, said around 2,000 passengers were stranded.

As of the latest update, water and biscuits were being provided to the passengers.

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Suburban rail services have been running at all sections except Kalyan-Karjat/Khopoli due to heavy rainfall leading to overflowing of Ulhas River between Ambarnath-Badlapur-Vangani.

A video from a passenger showed the train stuck near the overflowing river with the water completely covering the railway tracks and almost reaching the train’s floor.

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The IMD on Friday predicted isolated areas in Maharashtra are likely to witness more heavy downpour in the coming days. The IMD said, “Heavy to very heavy rainfall likely to occur at a few places in the districts of Raigad. Heavy rainfall likely to occur at isolated places in districts of Thane, Palghar and Mumbai in the next three days.”

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The IMD, in its daily forecast, said that the southwest monsoon would remain active over central and adjoining south peninsular India in the coming days.

Earlier, rainfall in Mumbai inundated several areas across the city including Sion, Matunga, Mahim, Andheri, Malad and Dahisar causing huge traffic snarls at major junctions.

 

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