Ten Killed in Landslides in Assam, Railway Services Disrupted
Railway official said, “It would take another three or four days to clear the debris and make way for trains.”
Torrential rains and heavy landslides have once again disrupted rail services in southern Assam, Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram, officials said on Wednesday.
Ten people were killed in landslides in Karimganj and Hailakandi districts in Barak Valley in Assam due to heavy rains.
Five members of a family were killed in a landslide at Sonachirra in Karimganj district in the wee hours, a police official said. The landslip, triggered by incessant rains, buried a house on the edge of a hill killing the five people. Among the victims are a man, his wife and their daughter and two sons.
The area has been hit by continuous rains for the past three days.
In neighbouring Hailakandi district, two incidents of landslide killed four persons at Bilaipur and a six-year old boy at Ramchandi area, police officials said.
The debris fell on two houses where the victims were sleeping early in the morning, they said. NDRF and police have been engaged in rescue and relief operations.
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.Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) Official
He said it would take another three or four days to clear the debris and make way for trains.
NFR officials and engineers accompanied by district administration officials camped at the spot, 300 km south of Guwahati, to supervise the clearance work.
Due to heavy rains, huge landslides occurred in the Lumding-Badarpur hill section in southern Assam on Monday night.
NFR chief public relations officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma said four major trains running between Guwahati and Silchar, including the Silchar-Sealdah Kanchanjunga Express and the Silchar-New Delhi via Guwahati Poorvattar Sampark Kranti Express, were cancelled until the removal of mudslides.
Similar such disruptions of railway operations had occurred for two weeks in the same areas until 6 May.
The Kanchanjunga Express was introduced between Silchar and Sealdah in Kolkata via Guwahati and the Silchar-New Delhi via Guwahati Poorvattar Sampark Kranti Express commenced earlier this year fulfilling a long-standing demand of the people to link southern Assam with other parts of the country.
The railway line from Guwahati passes through southern Assam connecting land-locked Tripura’s capital Agartala and parts of Manipur and Mizoram with the rest of India.
Thousands of passengers, bound for Guwahati and the rest of the country, were stranded in southern Assam’s Badarpur, Silchar and Lumding areas after the disruption of railway services.
The Guwahati-Silchar railway line is the lifeline for southern Assam comprising four districts, known as Barak Valley, and the mountainous states of Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram.
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