India – Hundreds Rescued From Floods in Maharashtra

Authorities have rescued hundreds of people stranded in the state of Maharashtra after heavy rainfall and flooding.

India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said that 1,500 passengers were evacuated from stranded train at Nala Sopara station, about 40 km north of central Mumbai. The train became stranded after tracks around Nala Sopara were flooded on 10 July.

Meanwhile other NDRF teams rescued over 200 people who were stranded after severe flooding in the village of Manikpur in the district of Palghar, also on 10 July.

Elsewhere, some minor surface flooding was reported in parts of the state capital, Mumbai, on 10 July. At least 19 locations around Greater Mumbai recorded more than 100 mm of rain in 24 hours on 10 July, and 3 locations – Dadar, Goregaon and Borivali East – more than 200 mm.

Rainfall in Mumbai, India, 10 July 2018. Image: Disaster Management Mumbai

A few days earlier, torrential rainfall caused major flooding in the city of Nagpur, Maharashtra, which is situated around 680 km east of Mumbai.

The Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra said that Nagpur received 282mm of rainfall in 24 hours on 06 July 2018, of which 263.5mm fell in just 6 hours.

Local media said that one person drowned and one person was missing in the flooding. As many as 735 people needed to be rescued in the city.

Last month 16 people died as a result of flooding and severe weather in Maharashtra.

NDRF and police teams rescue train stranded passengers in Nala Sopara north of Mumbai, 10 July 2018. Photo; Western Railway India

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