Mumbai rains live: People rescued from Mahalaxmi Express leave for CST station

Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi express is held up between Badlapur and Wangani with around 2000 passengers on board.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 19:57
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Efforts to rescue stranded passenger aboard the Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express have come successful as all 900 people have been rescued, said Home Minister Amit Shah. The train was stuck in between Badlapur and Wangani, following incessant rains in Mumbai and neighbour regions. Teams of NDRF, Indian Navy and Army had been mobilised to assist the stranded passengers. Two IAF choppers were also pressed into action.

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After all the people were successfully evacuated, the rescue operations were called off. A special 19-coach train was provided by the Indian Railways to enable movement of the stranded passengers. The train has left from Badlapur and will reach Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) station.

Mumbaikars woke up to an intense spell of rain on Saturday morning. Severe waterlogging is being reported from several areas. Train and flight services were hit. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted "heavy to very heavy rainfall" across the city and its suburbs. Thane and Palghar too will receive heavy showers. The southwest monsoon would remain active over central and adjoining south peninsular India in the coming days. 

Stay tuned for live updates on Mumbai rains:

27 July 2019, 19:46 PM

Passengers rescued from Mahalaxmi Express in Badlapur leave for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) via a special 19-coach train, provided by Indian Railways for smooth movement of rescued people, news agency ANI reported.


27 July 2019, 17:58 PM

An IAF Mi-17 helicopter responded swiftly and rescued a group of nine people stranded in a building at Mumbai's Kalyan. After being rescued, they were safely dropped to the Mumbai airport.


27 July 2019, 16:20 PM

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis congratulated the NDRF team, Indian Army, Navy, Air Rorce, Police, Indian Railways, and local administration for successfully evacuating all 700 passengers stranded on Mahalaxmi Express near Mumbai.

27 July 2019, 16:04 PM

All stranded 700 passengers have been evacuated safely. Rescue operations for stranded passengers of Mahalaxmi Express have been called off by all agencies, news agency ANI reported.

27 July 2019, 15:44 PM

All 700 passengers stranded on Mahalaxmi Express have been successfully rescued, says Home Minister Amit Shah.

27 July 2019, 15:05 PM

Due to heavy rainfall and water logging on Mumbai Division of Central Railway, following trains are short terminated / diverted / cancelled:

*Short Termination of Trains*
1. Train No. 17032 Hyderabad – CSMT Mumbai Express JCO 26.7.2019 short terminated at Pune and will run as Train No. 17031 CSMT Mumbai – Hyderabad Express Ex Pune to Hyderabad JCO 27.7.2019. 
2. Train No. 11042 MGR Chennai Central – Mumbai Express JCO 26.7.2019 short terminated at Pune and will run as Train No. 11041 Ex Pune to MGR Chennai Central JCO 27.7.2019.
3. Train No. 51154 Bhusaval – CSMT Mumbai passenger JCO 27.7.2019 short terminated at Nasik Road.

*Diversion of Trains*
1. Train No. 12494 Hazarat Nizamuddin – Pune Darshan Express JCO 26.7.2019 diverted via - Surat – Jalgaon - Daund.
2. Train No. 17203 Bhavnagar Terminus – Kakinada Express JCO 27.7.2019 diverted via - Surat – Jalgaon – Daund – Solapur
3. Train NO. 16507 Jodhpur – KSR Bengaluru Express JCO 27.7.2019 diverted via – Vasai Road – Panvel – Roah – Madgaon  - Hubballi.
4. Train No. 11087 Veraval – Pune Express JCO 27.7.2019 diverted via-Surat – Jalgaon – Manmad – Daund.
5. Train No. 16381 CSMT Mumbai – Kanniyakumari Express JCO 27.7.2019 diverted via-Panvel-Roha-Madgaon-Manglore Jn. 
6. Train No. 19420 Ahmedabad – MGR Chennai Central Express JCO 27.7.2019 diverted via-Surat-Jalgaon-Bhusaval-Ballarshah.
7. Train No. 19316 Indore – Lingampalli Hamsafar Express JCO 27.7.2019 diverted via-Surat-Jalgaon-Manmad- Aurangabad-Vikarabad
8. Train No. 16209 Ajmer Jn. – Mysuru Jn. Express JCO 26.7.2019 diverted via Igatpuri – Manmad – Daund-Pune- Miraj.
9. Train No. 11005 Dadar – Puduchcheri Express JCO 26.7.2019 diverted via – Igatpuri-Manmad-Daund-Pune- Miraj.     

*Cancellation of Trains*
1. Train No. 11009 CSMT Mumbai – Pune Sinhagad Express JCO 27.7.2019
2. Train No. 17411 CSMT Mumbai – Kolhapur Mahalakshmi Express JCO 26.7.2019 (since train stuck in between Badlapur and Vangani) 

27 July 2019, 14:00 PM

Highway traffic control appeals citizen to avoid travelling on Mumbai Pune Expressway if possible as there is low visibility due to intense rains and already a large number of motorists on the route.


27 July 2019, 13:59 PM

Train update:

17032 Hyderabad-Mumbai Express JCO 26.07.2019 is short terminated at Pune and will run as 17031 Mumbai-Hyderabad Express JCO 27.7.2019 from Pune.


27 July 2019, 13:40 PM

"500 plus people rescued by NDRF so far including 9 pregnant women.  Ambulances with 37doctors with gynaecologist deployed for emergency. Necessary arrangements like food,etc made at Sahyadri Mangal Karayalay. 14 buses, 3 tempos arranged for further movement," said the Maharashtra Chief Minister's Office.

"Maharashtra CM @Dev_Fadnavis appeals the citizens stranded in #MahalaxmiExpress to not worry and has ensured that all measures and rescue operations are taken care of roping in all expert teams from NDRF, Army, Navy, Local administration, Police, Railway Ministry," it added.


27 July 2019, 13:32 PM

IAF Mi 17 Helicopter with Army Commanding Officer of 25 AD Kalina onboard doing Arial recce and providing assistance to stranded passengers



27 July 2019, 13:30 PM


27 July 2019, 13:28 PM


27 July 2019, 13:26 PM

"Following the incessant rains over the last 24 hours in Mumbai and adjoining areas, Eight Flood rescue teams from #IndianNavy incl three Diving teams have been mobilised with rescue material, Inflatable boats and life jackets. A Seaking Helicopter has also been launched with Divers equipped with Auto inflatable craft for deployment in the area as advance assessment party. HQWNC (Headquarters Western Naval Command) is keeping a close watch on the situation & is in constant touch with State Admin to respond & provide assistance as reqd," tweeted Spokesperson of the Indian Navy.



27 July 2019, 13:23 PM

CM Devendra Fadnavis instructed the Chief Secretary to personally monitor rescue operations at Wangi where people are stranded in Mahalaxmi Express. four teams of NDRF reached and they are evacuating passengers with the help of eight boats. 

27 July 2019, 13:21 PM

According to Senior PRO AK Jain, "the rescued passengers, if willing to, will be brought at Badalapur station and then will be accommodated in special train for their destination."

The BMC mobalised one NDRF team and fire brigade. Two flood rescue team started the evacuation of stranded passengers.

27 July 2019, 13:10 PM

Mahalaxmi Express Update: Over 500 passengers rescued, as per NDRF. They are being taken to a open space about 1.5 Kms from incident site, near highway. Food, water and medical facilities have been arranged there.
Two columns of Army along with 130 trained staff carrying food packages, water and rescue material have been moved. Two more columns are being moved. 13 Company Kalina has moved with Airforce for aerial survey.


27 July 2019, 12:23 PM

Mahalaxmi Express Update: A total of 117 women and children rescued so far. After this, senior citizens will be rescued. Men will be rescued at the end.


27 July 2019, 12:22 PM

"We are taking steps to control flood situations at Thane District. Administration is on the spot," says Maharashtra Minister Eknath Shinde.

27 July 2019, 11:48 AM

Nine passengers on board Mahalaxmi Express rescued, hundreds still stranded. Read more here.

27 July 2019, 11:16 AM

Western Naval Command deploys Teams to render Assistance in Flood affected Areas"

"Following the incessant rains over the last 24 hours in Mumbai and adjoining areas, a request was received from Central Railways early morning today, 27 Jul 19, for evacuation of passengers from Mahalaxmi Exp stranded near Badlapur due to waters on tracks from Ulhas River. Eight flood rescue teams from the Navy including three Diving team have been mobilised with rescue material, Inflatable boats and life jackets. Meanwhile a Seaking Helicopter has also been scrambled with Divers equipped with Auto inflatable craft for deployment in the area as advance assessment party. Western Naval Command is keeping a close watch on the situation and is in constant touch with State Administration to respond as required and provide necessary assistance in flood affected areas." it said in a statement.

27 July 2019, 11:16 AM

Trains cancelled:
1. Train No. 17416 Kolhapur-Tirupati Express commencing journey on 27.07.2019 is cancelled since running late due to heavy rainfall and water logging between Vangani and Badlapur, and land sliding in ghat section over Central Railway.
2. Train No. 17415, Tirupati-Kolhapur Express commencing journey on 28.07.2019 will remain cancelled for want of rake.

27 July 2019, 11:10 AM

Maharashtra government seeks IAF, NDRF, Navy and Military's help to rescue passengers in Mahalaxmi Express
"Near about 700 people are stranded in 17412 - Mahalakshmi Express near Vangani Village, Badlapur, Tal. Jawhar, Dist. Thane. I request you to do the necessary rescue operation including Air lift of Passengers of the location 19.1272060, 73.2621760. Contact Person Shri. Rajmh Narvekar, DM Thane (8108533334)," wrote Abhay Yawalkar. Director, Disaster Management Unit. 

27 July 2019, 10:22 AM

Mahalaxmi Express Update: A team of railway officials, RPF and medicos headed by Additional Divisional Railway Manager NP Singh is available at Badlapur station. His phone number is 8828119001.

"A relief train for movement of passenger is also available at Badlapur. Medical assistance and refreshment has been arranged. Further arrangement for movement of passenger upto Kolhapur being ensured", informed authorities. 

27 July 2019, 10:20 AM

 Authorities also kept assuring the stranded personnel onboard.

27 July 2019, 10:08 AM

Mahalaxmi Express Update: Three boats have reached the site where the train is struck. "Chief Secretary personally looking into it," said Brijesh Singh, Inspector General, Directorate General of Information and Public Relations

A team of NDRF personnel along with teams of Indian Navy navy are on the move to rescue of passengers stranded in Mahalakshmi express in Wangni area. 

An IAF chopper has been pressed into action to support rescue efforts. 

Eight NDRF boats - six inflated and two more currently being inflated - with rescue personnel on it are just a few hundred metres away from site and will shortly reach the passengers.

27 July 2019, 10:07 AM

Trains Update: 11301 Mumbai-KSR Bengaluru Udyan Express JCO 27.7.2019 will leave from Solapur (instead of Daund as earlier announced).

27 July 2019, 09:56 AM

Due to heavy rainfall, compounded with overflowing Ulhas river resulting in water logging at Vangani, 17416 Kolhapur-Tirupati Express JCO 27.7.2019 is cancelled as pairing rake running late. Similarly, 17415 Tirupati-Kolhapur Express JCO 28.7.2019 is cancelled for want of rake


27 July 2019, 09:41 AM

Suburban services in all sections were running normally except Kalyan-Karjat/Khopoli due to heavy rainfall leading to overflowing of Ulhas river between Ambarnath-Badlapur-Vangani.

27 July 2019, 09:41 AM

27 July 2019, 09:39 AM

Water level receding in Mumbai. Rains have stopped in Mumbai over the last two hours. However, the situation on the outskirts of Mumbai continues to be bad.

27 July 2019, 09:36 AM

RPF and City police have reached the site where Mahalaxmi Express is held up. They are distributing biscuits and water to the stranded passengers. NDRF team will be reaching the site shortly to evacuate the passengers.


27 July 2019, 09:28 AM

Central railway to passengers stranded in Mahalaxmi Express:
"Our request to passengers of Mahalaxmi Express, please don't get down from train. Train is the safe place. Staff, RPF and City Police is in train to look after your well being. Please wait for advice from NDRF and other disaster management authorities." 


27 July 2019, 08:44 AM

Five battalions of NDRF team has deployed.

1. Two teams left for Railway Recruitment Control Board, Mumbai

2. One team left for for Badlapur to rescue passenger stuck in Mahalaxmi Express.

3. One team left for Tamba and Raite villages in Kalyan to rescue trapped villagers.

4. One team left from Sudumbare Unit headquarters for search operations following the drowning incident in Indrayani river at Indori, Maval.

5. NDRF's Famex team has left from Chiplun Ratnagiri to Sindhudurg for search ops in view of drowning incident

27 July 2019, 08:39 AM

Passengers stranded in Mahalaxmi Express to be airlifted to safety. However, rescue operations have been hampered due to incessant rains. Passengers can only be airlifted after the weather clears.

27 July 2019, 08:35 AM

Heavy to very heavy rainfall in the suburbs in last 24 hours. At 7 am, Saturday, 150-180 mm rainfall was recorded in suburbs, while city-side reported around 50 - 100 mm. Santacruz received 192 mm rainfall while Colaba received 73 mm rain. Heavy showers will continue throughout the day. 

27 July 2019, 08:29 AM

Mumbai local trains update: Western Railway running normal with a delay of about five minutes. Central Railway trains running with 10-minutes delay. However, Kalyan-Karjat/Khopoli section trains have been cancelled due to heavy rainfall, leading to overflowing of Ulhas river between Ambarnath-Badlapur-Vangani.

27 July 2019, 08:27 AM

A high tide, with waves 3.33 meters-high, hit Mumbai at 7.49 am on Saturday.

27 July 2019, 08:25 AM

 As per the weather information by IMD at 5.45 am, heavy rainfall is likely to occur in next few hours . People should avoid venturing around the sea and not open manholes, said the BMC.

27 July 2019, 07:59 AM

Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi express is held up between Badlapur and Wangani at KM 72 with around 2000 passengers, said the DRM Central Railways. Rescue team has reached spot, it added. Badlapur is about 100 km from Mumbai. 

27 July 2019, 07:51 AM

Mumbai Airport: 11 flights have been cancelled due to inclement weather. These include seven departures and four arrivals. Eight flights carried out go-arounds, while nine have been diverted. 

27 July 2019, 07:46 AM

Incessant downpour reported from south Mumbai region. Heavy rains lashed Dadar, Lower Parel, Andheri, Bandra and King Circus from 5 am on Saturday. Further rainfall could lead to flooding in low-lying areas. 


27 July 2019, 07:17 AM

"Night-long operation to rescue passengers stranded in local trains along Ambernath-Badlpur after services stopped due to heavy rain fall compounded with overflowing of Ulhas river resulting in water logging", tweeted Central Railways.

27 July 2019, 07:12 AM

Water level increasing at Vangani. Central Railways cancels services between Badlapur and Karjat/Khopoli. "Though the water has receded at Ambernath, the water level is increasing fast at Vangani. Considering the safety of commuters, services can not be run between Badlapur and Karjat/Khopoli. Please bear with us," it tweeted.


27 July 2019, 07:03 AM

"Reviewed heavy rainfall situation at all  parts of state,considering local rainfall situation concerned Headmaster /principal can take decision for declaring holiday to schools at their level for Saturday 27/7/2019 !" tweeted Maharashtra School Education Minister Ashish Shelar.


27 July 2019, 06:59 AM

Several trains cancelled or short-terminated, tweeted Central Railways: