Rain havoc: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis asks chief secretary to personally oversee rescue ops in Wangi

Devendra Fadnavis

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday instructed Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta to personally monitor rescue operations at Wangi where people are stranded in Mahalaxmi Express. An official from the chief minister’s office said four teams of NDRF have reached the site and are evacuating passengers with the help of 8 boats. Apart from that, 7 navy teams.Two helicopters of Indian Airforce and as many Military columns have been deployed along with the local administration.

Two more military columns are on the way. Situation is under control.”Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai spoke to CM Devendra Fadnavis and assureed all assistance from Centre,” the CMO official said. “500 plus people have been rescued by NDRF so far including 9 pregnant women. Ambulances with 37 doctors with a gynaecologist have been deployed for emergency. Necessary arrangements like food,etc made at Sahyadri Mangal Karayalay. 14 buses,3 tempos arranged for further movement,” the official said.

Fadnavis appealed to the citizens stranded in MahalaxmiExpress to not worry and ensured that all measures and rescue operations are being taken care of by roping in all expert teams from NDRF, Army, Navy, Local administration, Police, Railway Ministry. Heavy rains continue to lash Mumbai on Saturday morning, flooding several areas and affecting air and rail traffic in the city. 17 flights were diverted from the Mumbai airport on Friday due to incessant downpour. Several parts of the city including Sion, Matunga, Mahim, Andheri, Malad and Dahisar area are submerged.