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Mahalaxmi Express rescue ops end, 700 stranded passengers evacuated

All 700 passengers onboard the Mahalaxmi Express who were stranded after the train stalled on flooded tracks early Saturday morning, have been rescued, a top official said.

“All the passengers were rescued safely from Mahalaxmi express. They are being provided food and medical aid. There were nine pregnant woman in the train who were safely rescued. One of them is admitted to a nearby hospital for check-up,” Thane district collector Rajesh Narvekar said in a statement.

The rescue operations lasted about three hours after they began at noon.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Navy had launched a massive rescue operation and the first lot of 150 passengers were rescued around midday after the train had been stranded for nine hours about 90 km from Mumbai.

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