OVER 42,000 people have been directly affected by pre-monsoon floods that has damaged standing crop in about 1,000 hectares in four districts of Assam in the past few days, officials said on Sunday. Landslides caused by torrential rainfall have also affected the hill section railway between Lumding and Silchar.
Army, NDRF and SDRF teams have been pressed into service for rescue of flood-affected people in the worst-hit Charaideo sub-division of Sivasagar district where the Burhidihing and Disang rivers were flowing over the danger mark for the third day on Sunday.
A portion of NH-53 at Panchgram in Hailakandi district suffered major damage due to landslides.
Meanwhile, landslides triggered off by torrential rain occurred at several places in Dima Hasao hill district, disrupting railway traffic on the newly laid broad-gauge track between Lumding and Silchar.
The engine of 15602 Poorvottar Samprak Kranti Express was derailed between Ditokcherra and Bandarkhal stations Saturday night, causing a delay of about 12 hours.
Northeast Frontier Railway CPRO PJ Sharma said fresh landslides at four places due to heavy rain on Saturday night prompted the authorities to cancel the Silchar-Guwahati Fast Passenger on Sunday. Four other trains have been partially cancelled.
Assam Chief Secretary V K Pipersenia on Sunday held a review meeting of the flood situation and asked authorities in the flood-prone districts to remain on high alert.
He also asked the NDRF and Army to remain on alert in view of the heavy rains that have caused floods in different districts.