Railway Services Put To Halt In North-East Due To Heavy Rain And Landslides

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Railway workers have started working to clear the disrupted tracks and the services should resume by the end of this week

Whole country had been waiting for the rain to come, but as it came so the problems. Rain, or we should call heavy rains brought problems with it for the residents in the north-eastern region of the country. Heavy rains, causing landslides at several places, forced the railways to halt its services that connects a major chunk of population to the mainlands. Due to heavy rain and landslides, rail services have been disrupted in southern Assam, Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram. These areas have been hit by rain continuously for the past three days.

Besides that, ten people were also killed in the landslides in two districts namely Karimganj and Hailakandi in Barak valley of Assam, heavy rains being the main reason behind landslides. According to state police, five members of a family were killed in a landslide at Sonachirra in Karimganj district. Landslide took place because of the heavy rains and a house on the hill was buried, causing death of five people which includes a man, his wife, their daughter and two sons.

Not only this, in Hailakandi, four persons were killed at Bilaipur where two incidents of landslides took place. Also, a six year old boy was killed at Ramchandi area. Rescue and relief operations are being carried for the victims. It so happened that debris fell on two houses where the victims were sleeping early in the morning.

According to a Northeast Frontier Railway official, “Railway workers have been working round-the-clock to clear the debris in many places in southern Assam’s Dima Hasao district. The huge mudslides together with stones covering a large portion of railway tracks at Fidhing and other places are being cleared.” He also said that it would take some more days to clear the debris. He added, “We are expecting to restore rail services in the region by the end of this week.”

Because of heavy rains, landslides have occurred in the region of Lumding- Badarpur in southern Assam. This incident took place on Monday night. The district administration officials, engineers and the officials of the NRF have been working on the clearance.

The four major trains that were running between Guwahati and Silchar had to be cancelled. Trains like Silchar- Sealdah Kanchanjunga express and the Silchar-New Delhi had to be cancelled. Scores of passengers were forced to be stranded in southern Assam.

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