Monsoon in Mumbai has wreaked havoc once again leaving the 700 onboard the Mahalaxmi Express train stranded. As many as 117 people have been rescued so far and the Navy has deployed eight rescue teams
Mumbai: Heavy rains over the last 24 hours in Mumbai and adjoining areas have left the city flooded. As many as 700 people are stranded in the Mahalaxmi Express train near Badlapur due to waterlogging on the tracks.
Eight flood rescue teams from the Navy including three diving teams have been mobilised with rescue material, inflatable boats and life jackets.
Meanwhile, a Seaking Helicopter has also been scrambled with divers equipped with auto inflatable craft for deployment in the area as advance assessment party.
Western Naval Command is keeping a close watch on the situation and is in constant touch with state administration to respond as required and provide necessary assistance in flood affected areas.
Along with TDRF (local task force) Navy and NDRF, two Army Columns are also reaching the location where Mahalaxmi Express is stranded due to heavy in Mumbai.
Central Railway requested passengers stranded in Mahalaxmi Express not to deboard or get down the train, via a tweet. Central Railway cancelled train services between Badlapur and Karjat/Khopoli.
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.
According to reports, Pune has received 72 mm of rains until 5:30 am today (July 27), the heaviest downpours in the city during recent times.
IndiGo has cancelled three flights to Mumbai from various destinations for Saturday (July 27), an official said. Besides, another eight incoming aircraft had to do a go-around before landing at the city airport, the official said.
Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said rainfall intensity is "very likely" to increase over North Konkan during next 48 hours.
Last Updated Jul 27, 2019, 1:54 PM IST