The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted ‘heavy to very heavy’ rainfall at isolated places in Mumbai on Tuesday. Mumbai has been witnessing rains of varied intensity for the past few days. On Saturday, Mumbai-Kolhapur bound Mahalaxmi Express, with around 700 passengers on board got stuck between Badlapur and Vangani. They were rescued by NDRF, Army, Navy, Air Force and railway teams around 3 pm after a 17-hour ordeal. The Indian Air Force airlifted over 120 people stuck in different parts of Thane district. While at least 70 people were stranded on the terrace of a petrol pump in Badlapur town, around 65 km from Mumbai, another 45 people were stuck at a private resort in Shahad, 46 kilometres away, the state disaster control room official said.
As many as 11 flights of various airlines were cancelled.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu congratulated the NDRF, Indian Army, Air Force, Navy, Police Force, Medical Team members and local administration and citizens for their shared efforts in successfully rescuing passengers trapped in Mahalaxmi Express who were trapped due to excessive rain.