Flood continues to disrupt rail communication to North East

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DIMAPUR, AUGUST 16 (MExN): Train services to the Northeast region from the rest of the country continue to be disrupted due to flood even as the Railway Board on Wednesday directed all Zonal railways to cancel trains travelling from various parts of the country beyond Malda town in West Bengal and Katihar in Bihar till August 20, 2017.

A press release issued by the Chief Public Relations Officer, Northeast Frontier (NF) Railway, Pranav Jyoti Sharma said train services to the Northeast from the rest of the country have been stopped in view of the flood in Assam, West Bengal and Bihar.

Rail connectivity in flood affected portions of Bihar and West Bengal continues to be affected with some improvement in situation today. However, with virtually no-accessibility to most of the damaged sites, restoration work is being affected, the press release informed.

To aggravate the situation further, one Railway Bridge at Km 7/2-3 between Maniyan (Uttar Pradesh) – Kuretha 9Bihar) got damaged at Wednesday morning disrupting train communication between Katihar and Kumedpur. This has further hampered mobilization of materials to sites, the press release stated adding that telecommunication network in the entire section is also badly affected.

However for the benefit of stranded passenger, it announced that the Indian Railways has arranged for special trains between Guwahati to Dalkhola and back.

It also reported that all the passengers stranded at Katihar station have availed train service up to Malda Town from where they went to respective destinations by train or by road. On date, there are about 120 passengers who are stranded at Guwahati station and railway administration is taking all necessary steps to extend all possible assistance to these people, the press release stated.