Stranded on a local train for 18 hours
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 passenger at the Dadar railway station.
VIJAY BATE, EMMANUAL YOGINI, PTI
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