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NFR provides assistance to stranded passengers

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HT Bureau

GUWAHAI, May 29: Train operations were affected in Dima Hasao district in the state due to Cyclone Remal that resulted inheavy rainfall in most parts of Northeast.

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Massive rainfall in some of the hilly areas of Dima Hasao district resulted into water logging on the railway tracks, yards and tunnels.  As a result, the Northeast Frontier railways (NFR) had to control train services. Some trains were cancelled, some were partially cancelled and some were rescheduled.

Apart from rain, heavy cyclonic wind also uprooted trees that fell on railway track at different locations.

NFR immediately initiated efforts to provide necessary assistance and supply of packaged drinking water and food at Lumding and Guwahati Railway Stations for the stranded passengers of long distance trains going towards Agartala and Silchar.

The train coming from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, which was enroute towards Agartala had to be brought back to the Lumding Station.  On arriving at Lumding station, dinner and packaged drinking water was served to all the passengers by the railway authorities. Later the train arrived at the Guwahati Railway Station at 23:30 hours. The passengers were accommodated in 1st class waiting hall of Platform no 1 at the station by the railway authorities.

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Similarly, the train coming from Sealdah, which was enroute towards Silchar also had to be brought back to the Lumding Station and all the passengers were served tea and snacks by the railway authorities. Later the train arrived at the Guwahati Station at 01:25 hours and passengers were accommodated in 1st class waiting hall of Platform no 1 of the station by railway officials.

Senior railway officials, Railway Protection Force personnel &along with officials of civil administration, were present at the station to assist the passengers to reach their destination safely.

NFR is carrying out various works in the northeastern region as part of its disaster management activities. Assistances are being provided to the people of the hilly region in collaboration with the representatives of the state government wherever feasible. NFR is making all out efforts to resume train operations once the situation improves.

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