Heavy Rains in Mumbai, 700 Passengers Stuck on Train!
Since Friday, heavy rains made people in Mumbai to struggle in various ways. The city has witnessed traffic jams, flight cancellations, road blockages and the moment of trains has also been affected. The flight operations at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport have also been affected badly.
Heavy rainfall is predicted in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai in the next 24 hours. 700 passengers have stuck on Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express and for that, eight flood rescue teams for Navy, including 3 diving teams have been mobilized with rescue material, inflatable boats and life jackets.
The “orange alert” has been issued by the weather office for Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts in Maharashtra which signifies that authorities should be alert to take action at any time. Maharashtra government ordered defense officials to arrange airlift of passengers of a train stuck on tracks near Mumbai.
The Railway Police Force and cops from Mumbai police reached Badlapur to provide food and water to passengers. The National Disaster Response Force has also been deployed for the evacuation of passengers. Mumbai Police requested people not to stay in waterlogged areas and asked to stay away from the sea.
Minister of Education Ashish Shelar ordered school and college principals to declare a holiday to ensure students will be safe if heavy rains continued. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai assured assistance after speaking with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.