Flood situation remains grim in Arunachal

Train services to N-E stopped
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14 Aug 2017

Flood situation in Arunachal Pradesh continued to remain grim as surface communication has been disrupted in various parts of the state.
Majority portion of Anjaw, East Siang and Namsai districts were affected by flood while Papum Pare, East Kameng and West Siang were partly hit. Remote Anjaw district has been cut off from the rest of the state for seven days as the main road to the district from Lohit remained blocked at several places following landslides triggered by incessant rains, an official report said here. Intra-district road communications were also badly hit. Hawai, Hayuliang and Chaglongam Circle in the district were cut off from the rest of the district for the past three or four days, the report said.
Though efforts were on clear the roads, recurring landslides were hampering restoration work. Meanwhile, food crisis looms large in the district bordering China and deputy commissioner Mamata Riba requested the state government for facilitating air dropping of food packets if the road remains blocked for another two days. The district administration has directed the PWD and other departments to pull in resources for quick restoration of roads. An East Siang district report said that a sudden change in course of Silluk river has cause inundation in Silluk village damaging paddy fields and roads. At least nine houses were damaged due to erosion of Noa-Dehing river in Namsai district in the second wave of monsoon flood, though officials said the situation is improving.
Train services to the North-East from the rest of the country have been stopped till Wednesday in view of the flood in Assam, West Bengal and Bihar. "The Railway Board has decided to cancel all incoming trains from various parts of the country towards NE Region, which were to reach either Katihar or Malda town till 10 am of August 16, 2017," North-East Frontier Railway chief public relations officer (CPRO) Pranav Jyoti Sharma said in a statement. "Heavy rainfall in the last 72 hours in West Bengal, Bihar, Assam and other N-E states has resulted in railway operations being severely hampered as rain water has affected railway tracks at several places in Katihar and Alipurduar Division of NF Railway," Sharma said.
In view of the flood situation, 11 outgoing trains have been cancelled by NF Railway today, Sharma said, adding four other trains have been short-terminated at various locations, he added. 22 trains were cancelled on Sunday, while 14 others were stopped at various places as tracks were flooded. "While many rivers in Alipurduar and Katihar divisions are in spate, NF Railway authorities are keeping a close watch and continuously monitoring the situation of nearby railway bridges and tracks, taking all precautionary measures for safe train running," the CPRO said. Emergency control is being manned by senior officials at the headquarter and divisions, Sharma said, adding railway tracks were affected in as many as 12 locations initially, of which seven have been repaired and restored.
The authorities have opened additional counters at many stations, which are working round-the-clock to extend refund to passengers, he said. Sharma informed that internal train connectivity from New Jalpaiguri to Guwahati, Guwahati to Dibrugarh and Murkongselek continued as usual. Trains on these routes are plying as per their normal schedule.