Rescuers evacuate passengers from flooded train in India

AP

27th July, 2019 04:24:28 printer

Rescuers evacuate passengers from flooded train in India

Rescuers in India have evacuated more than 500 passengers from a train after it got stuck in Monsoon floodwaters between two stations near Mumbai.

A statement by India's disaster management office in Maharashtra state says the Mahalaxmi Express train got stuck due to flooding of the tracks. The train was carrying about 700 passengers.

The National Disaster Response Force and the Navy launched a rescue operation after authorities warned passengers not to move. The first group of 150 passengers was rescued after the train had been stranded for nine hours in the area, which is about 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Mumbai.

The train had departed from Mumbai around 8:15 pm Friday before it got stuck at 3 a.m. Saturday.

Press Trust of India agency said the rescue was ongoing.


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