New Haflong rail station washed away in heavy landslide

New Haflong rail station washed away in heavy landslide

New Haflong rail station washed away in heavy landslide

Guwahati: Landslides caused by incessant rain in Dima Hasao district of Assam thoroughly washed away the beautiful Haflong rail station.

New Haflong Railway Station looks desolate and muddy. The hill district remained cut off by roads, rails and internet. Power connections also remained cut in many areas in the district.

Continued inclement weather and incessant rain on Monday led to further landslides and water logging at several locations in Lumding – Badarpur hill section of Lumding division apart from the ones which were already washed out on Sunday.

The floods affected 1,97,248 people in the state. Around 32,959 people are taking shelter in 55 relief camps in the state. The authorities evacuated 15 flood-affected people from various parts of the state during the day. SDRF, NDRF and Fire & Emergency Service personnel are rescuing the affected people.

Around 1600 railway passengers stranded at Ditokcherra station were rescued and sent to Badarpur and Silchar city. Out of the 1600 passengers, 119 were evacuated by the Indian Air Force.
Stranded passengers of train no. 15615 at New Haflong were moved to Maibang station by buses. 204 passengers had left for Guwahati from Maibang. Another 169 stranded passengers left for Guwahati from Maibang station on Monday.

About 571 more stranded passengers at Ditokchera station have also been rescued on Monday. Northeast Frontier Railway has completed the evacuation of all the stranded passengers. Coordinated efforts at all the affected stations and coordination with local administration, Assam Rifles, Indain Air Force and NGOs have shown results in these challenging and demanding weather conditions.

WATCH: Condition of New Haflong rail station washed away in heavy landslide

Railways are now putting all its efforts in restoring the damaged line and re-starting the train services to South Assam, Manipur, Tripura and Mizoram. The continued rain in the area has caused landslides at many more locations. New Haflong station is completely inundated with debris. Due to a massive landslide, the empty passenger train standing at the station has been washed off from the tracks. The number of breach locations have increased to 53 today (26 locations were identified. However, the restoration works at 11 locations have already been completed.

Northeast Frontier Railway is working on war footing to ensure connectivity to the affected region.

NF Railway is working on war footing to ensure connectivity in the region. Around 1,600 passengers stranded at Ditokcherra station had been rescued and sent to Badarpur and Silchar. NF Railway has also arranged to refund the ticket fares amounting to Rs 8 lakh to 1,006 affected passengers. NF Railway is putting efforts to restore the damaged lines and restarting the train services to south Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur. The number of breached rail lines has increased to 53.

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