Mumbai rains: Navy deployed to rescue commuters stranded due to flooding of railway tracks; 48 hours of rainfall cripples public transport

Natasha Trivedi
Eight people died every day on Mumbai’s railway tracks in 2017, down 20 percent from 10 deaths every day in 2013.

Mumbai: The Navy was deployed to evacuate train commuters stranded at the Nallasopara station in the city due to flooding of railway tracks between Nallasopara and Vasai Road stations, officials said on Wednesday.

Following a request from the Western Railway, the Western Naval Command deployed high-chassis vehicles that could traverse the flooded areas and reach the stranded commuters, a Defence spokesperson said on Wednesday morning.

Mumbai has been experiencing heavy rains for the past 48 hours resulting in water-logging in several areas which has severely hit road and rail transport.

The Western Naval Command has been maintaining rescue teams and emergency equipment to provide assistance to Mumbaikars in emergency situations, the spokesperson said.

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