New Delhi, Jul 27: National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) along with other security forces have evacuated from at Badlapur Mahalaxmi Express 500 passengers who were stranded due to heavy rains, the Home Ministry officials said here on Saturday.NDRF reached the spot along with six boats at 9.43 am and started the rescue operation along with local police, KDMC fire brigade, Tehsil administration, local administration State emergency Operation.
These teams which reached by road included Flood relief teams and specialist divers. In addition, one helicopter has also been deployed with special equipment and clearance divers, to be dropped close to train for assistance and situation assessment. Along with TDRF (Local task Force), Navy and NDRF, one Army Column has also been moved to the location.
The Army 's column has 130 trained personnel carrying food packages, drinking water and rescue material. Badlapur station is 72 kms away from Mumbai. Around 8.50 am on Saturday, Railway Safety Control Room intimated that the Mahalaxmi Express was trapped near Badalpur and required urgent rescue due to rising water level, the Home Ministry officials said.
One NDRF team with six boats was immediately dispatched to the site and two other NDRF teams followed them after few hours. Navy and Airforce are being kept ready on standby. A team of railway officials, Railway Protection Force and medicos headed by Additional Divisional Railway Manager M N P Singh is available at Badlapur station at contact no 8828119001. Further arrangements for shifting of passengers to Kolhapur are being undertaken. (UNI)