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700 in India rescued from train stuck in monsoon floodwaters

Rescuers in India on Saturday safely evacuated a train carrying 700 people after it got stuck in monsoon floodwaters between two stations near Mumbai, the country's home minister said.

Passengers stranded for hours after train stuck between 2 stations near Mumbai

A Mahalaxmi Express train got stuck in floodwaters, between two stations near Mumbai, in Badlapur in the western Indian state of Maharashtra overnight. (Indian navy/The Associated Press)

Rescuers in India on Saturday safely evacuated a train carrying 700 people after it got stuck in monsoon floodwaters between two stations near Mumbai, the country's home minister said.

A statement by India's disaster management office in Maharashtra state said the Mahalaxmi Express train got stuck due to flooding of the tracks.

Home Minister Amit Shah said on Twitter that all 700 passengers had been rescued safely.

The National Disaster Response Force and the navy earlier 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 kilometres from Mumbai.
About 500 passengers were rescued from the train early Saturday, and put on rescue boats. (National Disaster Response Force/The Associated Press)

The train had departed from Mumbai around 8:15 p.m. Friday before it got stuck at 3 a.m. Saturday.
 
In recent weeks, flooding across India and neighbouring Nepal and Bangladesh has resulted in more than 300 deaths, with number expected to rise as hundreds remain missing.

 

With files from CBC News