A huge selection of people stranded on flooded train rescued by Indian Navy and Army

A huge selection of people stranded on flooded train rescued by Indian Navy and Army

eTurboNews Syndication:

Indian army and navy units were deployed to rescue a huge selection of train passengers that spent over 15 hours without food or normal water after their train got stuck in a huge lake developed by torrential rain.

The long-distance Mahalaxmi Express left Mumbai for Kolhapur in India’on Friday night s western coastal Maharashtra state, but were able to travel 60km before getting stuck in the downpour just. Around 700 passengers instantly became stranded because the field where the train stopped converted into a big lake.

The trapped travelers recorded cellphone videos, pleading for help. They told local media they had no drinking or food water for 15 hours. The passengers also said the train was surrounded from all relative sides by five to six feet of water.

The authorities warned people never to leave the train by themselves because of dangerously high degrees of rainwater.

Two military helicopters and many army and navy teams were deployed to the scene alongside emergency services.

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The rescuers used inflatable rafts to evacuate the passengers. By 3pm local time, some 600 people, including nine women that are pregnant, were taken up to safety at the nearest railway station.

Heavy rains have stalled traffic in Mumbai. A large number of trains were canceled or diverted in the certain area.

Author: George Taylor

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