Landslides snap NE road-rail links

Surface links between the northeastern states of Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram as also southern Assam and the rest of India have worsened since Sunday with massive landslides blocking a crucial national highway, and the rail services snapped three weeks ago yet to be restored, officials said.

Tracks damaged three weeks ago by landslides caused by heavy rains are yet to be restored, and ‘it is uncertain when the railway services would be restored in the region,’ Northeast Frontier Railway’s [NFR] divisional railway manager Rakesh Kumar Goel told reporters Monday.

Worsening the surface communications in the same region, massive landslides occurred Sunday on the crucial National Highway No.44 linking these northeastern states with the rest of India.

A Tripura government official said heavy rains triggered the landslides, and the Assam-Agartala NH 44 has been blocked at Sonapur and Tongseng in Jaintia Hills district in eastern Meghalaya, bordering Assam, with huge boulders covering the road.

‘The BRO [Border Roads Organisation] engineers and workers immediately started work to clear the debris and to restore the traffic,’ the official added.
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