India floods: Hundreds of train passengers stranded near Mumbai

A big rescue operation is under way in India after flooding left around 700 people trapped on a train near Mumbai since Friday night.

Helicopters, boats and diving teams have been deployed by India’s military and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) after the Mahalaxmi Express train.

Passengers told that they had no drinking water or food in the last 15 hours and no way to get leave as the train was cut off with five to six feet water on all sides.

Passengers trapped in the Mahalaxmi Express.

The railways warned the passengers against stepping out of the stranded train, because of the dangerous water levels outside, and requested them to wait for help.

By Saturday afternoon, all passengers, including nine pregnant women, were evacuated, according to a railway official.

Weeks of monsoon flooding in south Asia has killed over 600 people.


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