Guwahati/Agartala: Heavy rainfall in Assam has killed at least 18 people till
Thursday, even as over 2,500 passengers in four trains continued
to be stranded for the third day as heavy landslides blocked
tracks and cut off parts of southern Assam.
Announcing the floods damage, Assam Agriculture Minister Nilamoni
Sen Deka said a total of 850,000 people and about 70,000 hectares
of cropland have been affected so far by floods in the state.
"The district administrations have opened 154 relief camps for the
flood-affected people and about two lakh people are taking shelter
at relief camps," said the state agriculture minister.
"Of 21 districts, nine districts have been identified as badly
affected by the floods - Sonitpur, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia,
Horhat, Sivsagar, Kamrup, Nagaon and Barpeta."
Four trains have been stuck at three places on a single
metre-gauge rail line in Assam's Dima Hasao district since
According to railway and state government officials, train
services and road links between Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram, parts
of Meghalaya as also southern Assam and the rest of India have
remained cut off since Tuesday.
The landslides at about 90 places, following incessant rains, have
damaged roads, railway tracks and bridges in Dima Hasao, about 300
km from Assam's main city Guwahati.
"Army soldiers, railway and state government officials and
workers, GREF (General Reserve Engineering Force) personnel and
local people have been working round-the-clock to restore roads
and railway communications," a spokesperson of the Northeast
Frontier Railway (NFR) told IANS.
"The Assam government and NFR authorities have been trying to make
an alternative road on an emergency basis in Dima Hasao district
to rescue the stranded railway passengers," Tripura transport
department secretary Kishore Ambuly told reporters in Agartala.
District authorities have been providing all help, including food,
water and medical teams, to the stranded passengers at the several
locations, officials said.
The metre-gauge railway line from Guwahati passes through Dima
Hasao district, connecting Tripura's capital Agartala and parts of
Manipur and Mizoram with the rest of India.
With the suspension of train services, supply of essential
commodities and food grain has been severely hit in the region,
sending prices soaring.
The situation has been aggravated following huge mudslides in many
places on the highways connecting Assam to Agartala and other
"The Tripura food and civil supplies department has in separate
letters requested the FCI (Food Corporation of India) and the
union ministry of food and civil supplies to ensure immediate
stocks of essentials, specially rice," an official of the Tripura
government told IANS.
The National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) has deployed 16 teams in
the Assam rescue operations supported by seven teams from the
State Disaster Rescue Force (SDRF).
In June-July 2010, railway traffic was disrupted for 34 days after
a 300-metre track between Harangajao and Mailongdisa, 78 km from
southern Assam's main city Silchar, was washed away due to a heavy