Mumbai, July 10: National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Tuesday rescued around 450 passengers from 12928 Vadodara Express which was stranded between Nalasopara and Virar amidst waterlogged roads, news agency ANI reported. The news agency further reported that all passengers were brought to Nallasopara station via buses. Also Read - Sharad Pawar Warns Centre To Take Back Farm Laws As Massive Crowd Turns Up in Mumbai's Farmers Rally
It must be noted that continuous heavy rainfall has brought Mumbai and its adjoining areas to a standstill. Downpour has led to the cancellation and delay of several local trains and slowed down the traffic on many roads. Water-logging was witnessed in several areas of Mumbai suburb. Also Read - Thousands of Maharashtra Farmers Reach Mumbai to Protest Agri Laws, to Hold Rally at Azad Maidan Today
Suburban services of the Western Railway were stopped. The official said that services between Churchgate and Borivali were, however, normal. Services between Bhayander and Virar are suspended because tracks are submerged in the water. Western Railway on its microblogging site informed that the power supply of Shatabdi Exo has to be switched off as a precautionary measure because the water level has risen above 400mm. Also Read - Samples of Poultry From 16 Maharashtra Districts Test Positive For Bird Flu | Complete List Here
Apart from locals many trains coming from different parts have been cancelled due to rainfall. People are sharing pictures of tracks filled with rainwater. Locals are also running slow. Arrangements are also being made to provide food packets/snacks/water to passengers of several long-distance trains that have been regulated at various stations at/beyond Virar.
Meanwhile, Dabbawalas have also suspended their work today in the entire city. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rain till Thursday. The onset of monsoon has disrupted routine life in pockets of Maharashtra. As heavy rainfall lashed the city, Maharashtra Education Minister declared a holiday in all schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region yesterday.
Meanwhile, safety measures have been taken near all beaches. Lifeguard chairs have been arranged at all the six beaches for better visibility, along with a manual siren, public address system, ring boys and life jackets.