In­dian Navy Res­cues Hun­dreds Stranded On Train In Floods

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In­dian navy he­li­copters and emer­gency ser­vice boats came to the res­cue of more than 800 peo­ple stranded on a train in floods near Mum­bai on Satur­day. The Ma­ha­laxmi Ex­press left Mum­bai late Fri­day for Kol­ha­pur but got only 60km be­fore it be­came

stranded af­ter a river burst its banks in tor­ren­tial rain, cov­er­ing the tracks.

The train was stuck for sev­eral hours in Thane district be­fore au­thor­i­ties called in the In­dian navy and the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Re­sponse Force (NDRF) with he­li­copters, boats, and divers. In­dian Railways said more than 600 peo­ple were res­cued within four hours of the op­er­a­tion start­ing.

There were nine preg­nant women among at least 800 pas­sen­gers, an NDRF spokesman told AFP. Ae­rial im­ages showed boats tak­ing peo­ple wear­ing life jack­ets away from the stricken train, trapped in a sea of muddy brown wa­ter that cov­ered sur­round­ing fields.

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