Around 2,800 passesngers have been evacuated from two trains that were stranded in Lumding-Badarpur hill section in Assam for two days due to massive landslides and waterlogging on the tracks caused by incessant rains.
The evacuation was completed on Monday with help from the Indian Air Force and other agencies, according to a Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) spokesperson.
The spokesperson said tha many passengers were airlifted by the Air Force as incessant rain impeded rescue operations which were on since Saturday, when the two trains were stranded in Lumding section in Dima Hasao district.
#IAF helicopters evacuated 119 passengers from Ditokchera railway station in Assam, today. Located in the Dima Hasao district, the railway station had a train stranded for over 24 hrs due to incessant rains making rail movement infeasible. #IndianAirForce #SavingLives pic.twitter.com/NlgdNhFMEj— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) May 15, 2022
Photographs and videos on social media show a train stranded amid severe waterlogging and large tracts of land wiped off by landslides, with railway tracks precariously hanging in the air as the land beneath has been wiped off.
Continuous rains wreak havoc in parts of Assam. In the hill district of Dima Hasao, main road links disrupted, stationery train coaches derailed, multiple landslides reported. (Images courtesy NF railways) @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/OFCIjBdeqN— Tora Agarwala (@toramatix) May 16, 2022
An official bulletin said three persons have been killed in the mudlslide in Haflong revenue circle and 57,119 people have been hit by the floods in seven districts of Assam on Monday as incessant rains continued to lash most parts of the state.
The bulletin said 4,330 of the affected people have been lodged in 20 relief camps set up by the government. Nine relief distribution centres are operating in different affected districts. It added that a total 10,321 hectares of crop land have been inundated in the current spate of floods.
@RailNf personnel working amid tough conditions to repair the washed out rail track at New Halflong station, Assam - watch how an empty train is washed away by flowing debris — caused by continuous rain and landslides across Dima Hasao district. pic.twitter.com/IUdDYkzb13— Karishma Hasnat (@karishmahasnat) May 16, 2022
The NFR spokesperson said in Guwahati that about 18 trains in the section have been cancelled in the affected area since Saturday and more than 10 others have been short terminated as work for restoration of the damaged railway tracks are on in full swing despite the incessant rain.
A report from Haflong, headquarter of Dima Hasao district, said most part of the New Halflong Railway Station is under water and an empty train stranded there has derailed as the track loosened with the soil underneath was washed off by rain waters.
Road links to the district have also snapped due to the incessant rains and the the landslides in multiple locations.
(With PTI inputs)