290 passengers saved from 2 stranded trains

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290 passengers were rescued from two local trains.

New Delhi:

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Railway Protection Force (RPF) rescued 290 passengers from two local trains stranded on flooded tracks between the CSMT and Sandhurst Road station on Wednesday, a said a spokesperson for Central Railway.

The city was battered by incessant rains during the day.

Two local trains – one bound for Karjat in the north and another bound for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in southern Mumbai – came to rest in chest-high water at around 4 p.m.

The joint operation ended at 10 p.m. and all passengers were rescued, railroad spokesman Shivaji Sutar said.

While the NDRF rescued 39 passengers using inflated boats, the RPF rescued 251 passengers, he said.

At Masjid station, the water was above the level of the platform and it was impossible for stranded passengers to get off and walk because of drainage channels along the tracks, he said.

The central and western lines witnessed heavy water saturation on the tracks due to heavy rains.

Early in the morning, Western Railway services were hit hard due to the congestion between Virar and Dahanu.

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