N. F. Railway evacuates all stranded passengers
Efforts to restore the line are on
Maligaon, 16th May, 2022:
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 Ditokcherrastation 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.
Stranded passengers of train no. 15615 at New Haflong were moved to Maibang station by buses. 204 passengers had left for Guwahati from Maibang yesterday. Around 169 stranded passenger left for Guwahatifrom Maibang station at 04.30 AM today.
About 571more 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.
With this Northeast Frontier Railway has successfully completed the evacuation of all the stranded passengers. 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.
N. F. Railway conducted the rescued and relief operations of stranded train passengers on war footing under the supervision of senior officers of Lumding division and headquarters. Staffs of
various departments have provided their dedicated services day and night for this heroic performance. The on-site team effort of P-way Inspectors, Station Masters, Assistant Station Masters, Trolleymen and most importantly the RPF personnel guided by the officers at site have saved lives of many passengers.
The Railways while having put efforts in rescuing the stranded passengers, has also ensured sanitation and medical facility for them. Food and drinking water was provided to all the stranded passengers regularly. Station staff went out of their way to provide food to some passengers out of their own kitchen even when their homes were filling up with the flood waters. Railway Staff at Daotuhaja station have taken shelter in station premises because of floods. Efforts are being made to provide them with food and water.
Passengers expressed their gratitude for rescue and alternative arrangements made by the railway authority. Passengers were satisfied that all necessary measures were taken to bring them by special trains and other mode of transport and also for arranging food for all.
N. F. 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.
Northeast Frontier Railway is working on war footing to ensure connectivity to the affected region.