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4 feared dead in Dima Hasao floods, landslides

A bridge washed away by flash floods in Dima Hasao. - Photo: Haflong Correspondent
 HAFLONG, June 14 - At least four persons were today feared dead in Dima Hasao district that has been hit by flash flood and landslides disrupting road and rail communications following incessant rains.

At Kalachand under Mabang police station eight people and five dumper trucks were washed away in the Mahur river, but six of them were rescued. An SDRF team has been requisitioned for searching the missing persons.

At Hangrum, also under Mahur police station, Ramsuahungle Riame, a 69-year-old woman and her son 35-year-old son Paotuingyuing Riame were found dead buried under heavy landslide.

The rail communication between Lumding and Badarpur has been disrupted due to landslides in between Jatinga and Harangajao, and Daotuhaja and Phiding. All the trains were either terminated or sent back to originating stations. The restoration works are being carried out on a war footing.

Altogether 24 villages of the district under three blocks –Harangajao, Mahur and Maibang were reported to be affected due to landslides wherein many dwelling houses and the roads were damaged.

The road communication was disrupted due to landslides at many portions like Jatinga-Harangajao, Haflong-Mahur, Jatinga-Haflong, etc. Deputy commissioner Amitabh Rajkhowa said the road communication between Lumding and Haflong would take three to four days for restoration as there has been heavy landslides near Kelelo and N Leikul.

Staff Reporter adds from Guwahati: Train services between the Barak valley, Mizoram and Tripura, and the rest of the country was disrupted due to landslides which affected portions of the track at some places in the Lumding-Badarpur section.

Pranav Jyoti Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer of the Northeast Frontier Railway, said the landslides were noticed at around 1 am today at as many as seven locations. Following this, running of trains in the section was stopped.

Railway personnel were deployed and work was undertaken in war-footing to clear the affected locations. “Restoration work has been completed in five locations in the Lumding-Badarpur hill section. Work is still in progress in two locations between New Haflong and Jatingalampur and we expect work there to get over by late this evening,” Sharma said.

While local trains like the Guwahati-Silchar Fast Passenger was cancelled between Lumding and Silchar, the Silchar-Guwahati Fast Passenger was also cancelled. “Long distance trains have not been cancelled but they have been either controlled or rescheduled,” Sharma said.

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