|Train services hit, Karimganj town under water |
BADARPUR, June 17 - Train services in the Lumding-Badarpur Hill Section have been seriously affected due to rain which has led to landslides. NF Railway sources said that services of at least four trains have been suspended due to severe landslides and washing out of tunnels at various sites of the hill section in Assam, following torrential rains.
Sources stated that although the extent of damage is yet to be fully ascertained, but restoration works have already started in all the affected locations. The Divisional Railway Manager, Lumding, is currently present at the site of the affected areas and is monitoring the entire situation. Work is going on in full swing for clearing the landslide-hit areas, repairing of the tunnels and bridges, so that train services can be resumed as early as possible, the NFR CPRO informed. However, fresh landslides between Bandarkhal and Damchara Stations of the LMG-BPB section have led to suspension of rail service in the BG section.
Meanwhile, the overall flood situation in Karimganj district has turned serious. Lanes and by lanes of all the wards in Karimganj Municipality are totally submerged, following a rise in the level of water of the Kushiayara river. A large number of dwelling houses, shops, offices, business establishments, schools and colleges of Karimganj town have completely gone under flood water. The Karimganj district administration and various political party leaders are engaged in relief and rescue operations along with security personnel. Relief materials, food items and drinking water is being distributed among flood victims housed in relief camps in the district. Official sources informed that this year the floods have damaged many embankments, roads and bridges in the district.