Mumbai: All passengers onboard the Mahalaxmi Express have been rescued after the train was held up between Badlapur and Wangani station since early morning due to heavy rains. All the rescuees are safe and out of danger.

Heavy rains in Mumbai stalled the Mahalaxmi Express with 700 passengers under duress for hours before rescue teams reached them.

A special train with 19 coaches will now leave from Kalyan to Kolhapur with the passengers of Mahalaxmi Express.

A team of NDRF personnel reached the spot with eight boats followed by three diving teams and some Naval teams who came with inflatable boats, life jackets and medical supplies.

A helicopter with divers equipped also helped immensely in the search and rescue operation but due to bad weather, helicopters of Navy and Air Force returned to base after doing an aerial survey.

The Western Naval Command kept a close watch on the situation and stayed in constant touch with the state Administration to respond as required and provide necessary assistance in flood-affected areas.

Earlier in the day, a team of Railway Police Force and city police reached the site where Mahalaxmi Express was held up and assured the safety of passengers. They also distributed biscuits and water to all onboard.

In addition, Train No. 17416 Kolhapur-Tirupati Express has been cancelled since T.no.17411 is running late due to heavy rainfall and waterlogging between Vangani and Badlapur, and land sliding in ghat section over Central Railway.

Also, Train No. 17415, Tirupati-Kolhapur Express scheduled for 28.07.2019 will remain cancelled for want of rake.