GUWAHATI- NF Railway has successfully completed the evacuation of all the stranded passengers in Assam due to flood , with the coordinated efforts at all the affected stations and coordination with local administration, Assam Rifles, Indain Air Force and NGOs have shown results in these tough and demanding weather conditions, informed Sabyasachi De, Chief Public Relations Officer of NF Railway.
Stranded passengers at New Haflong station were moved to Maibang station by buses. 204 passengers had left for Guwahati from Maibang yesterday. Around 169 stranded passenger left for Guwahati from Maibang station at 04.30 AM today.
About 571 more stranded passengers at Ditokchera station have also been rescued today. The last evacuation special from KM 135 up to Badarpur and Silchar moved at 07:30 pm.
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 yesterday.
Around 1600 railway passengers stranded at Ditokcherra station had already been rescued yesterday and were sent up to Badarpur and Silchar. Out of the 1600 passengers, 119 were evacuated by the Indian Air Force.
NF Railway has also arranged to refund the ticket fares to the affected passengers. Refund amounting to Rs 8 lakhs has already been made for 1006 passengers. Remaining affected passengers can claim their refunds on IRCTC website (for e-tickets) and at PRS counters of the concerned stations (for window tickets).
Having rescued and evacuated all the passengers, Railways is 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.
The empty passenger train standing at the station has been washed off from the tracks due to a massive landslide.
The number of breach locations have increased to 53 today (26 locations were indentified yesterday). However, the restoration works at 11 locations have already been completed.