Stranded on a lo­cal train for 18 hours

The Hindu - - NATION - Gau­tam S. Men­gle

46-year-old Malad res­i­dent sur­vived on sheer faith aboard a stranded lo­cal train for 18 hours be­fore be­ing re­united with his fam­ily on Wed­nes­day morn­ing. A Jain by faith, he had only tea on Tues­day morn­ing as he is ob­serv­ing the holy pe­riod of paryushan, and went for nearly 24 hours with­out hav­ing any­thing.

Amarkant Jain (46), an IT con­sul­tant, left his res­i­dence on 7.45 a.m. on Tues­day, hav­ing had his last proper meal at 6 p.m. on Mon­day — when the rain was still mod­er­ate and trains were run­ning smoothly — to de­liver a lec­ture at the V.N. Bedekar col­lege in Thane. He caught a train back home around 12.50 p.m., which reached Kurla be­fore get­ting stuck in the wa­ter­logged tracks.

“The wa­ter was knee deep at the time and our train was caught be­tween a bound­ary wall and an­other train. As the day passed, the wa­ter rose up to waist level and walk­ing through it, es­pe­cially in the dark, was not an op­tion. I kept speak­ing to my wife Mayura when­ever I could, as I also had to pre­serve my cell phone’s bat­tery, while wait­ing for help to ar­rive. I also en­sured that no one pan­icked in our com­part­ment,” Mr. Jain said.

A car float­ing in a drain in Mum­bai on Wed­nes­day; an NDRF worker pre­pares to search for the body of a doc­tor who is feared to have fallen into a man­hole; a car is seen piled over an­other at Shri Kr­ishna Na­gar in Bori­vali; and bot­tom, a stranded...


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