Indian Navy Rescues Hundreds Stranded On Train In Floods
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.