Mumbai: All 1,050 passengers on board Kolhapur-bound Mahalaxmi Express were rescued on Saturday (July 27) in a multi-agency operation that lasted nearly 17 hours after the train was stranded near Vangani in Thane district due to flooding on tracks following heavy rains.

Central Railway (CR) officials said all the passengers, including nine pregnant women, were rescued by 3 pm. Union home minister Amit Shah praised the rescue teams and said the Centre was closely monitoring the situation.

Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Navy, Air Force, Army, Railways and state administration rescued all the passengers, he tweeted.

"Kudos to the rescue teams for their exemplary effort," he said.

The train had left Mumbai for Kolhapur on Friday night, but could not travel beyond Vangani, where it reached in the wee hours of Saturday.

Chief spokesperson of the CR Sunil Udasi said all 1,050 passengers were taken to a safe spot.

"A special train with 19 coaches will leave from Kalyan to Kolhapur with the affected passengers of the Mahalaxmi Express," Udasi said.

Officials involved in the rescue operation said nine pregnant women and a one-month-old baby girl were also safe.

Union minister of state for home affairs Nityanand Rai spoke to Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and assured him that all Central assistance will be provided to the state, the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said in a tweet earlier.

In a span of 24 hours, from 8.30 am on Friday till 8.30 am on Saturday, Santa Cruz recorded rainfall of 219 mm. 

The IMD had stated that the rainfall is likely to increase over the Konkan region for the next 48 hours.