Heavy Rainfall Triggers Floods and Landslides in Assam's Dima Hasao District

Heavy rainfall in Assam's Dima Hasao district triggers severe flooding and landslides, disrupting transportation and vital services. Train services are suspended, and National Highway 27 is closed due to landslides, leaving vehicles stranded and communication severely hampered.

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Heavy Rainfall Triggers Floods and Landslides in Assam's Dima Hasao District

Heavy Rainfall Triggers Floods and Landslides in Assam's Dima Hasao District

Assam's Dima Hasao district is struggling to cope with the aftermath of heavy rainfall that has triggered severe flooding and landslides, causing widespread disruption to transportation and vital services. The continuous downpour, which began on the night of May 1, 2024, has led to a flood-like situation in several parts of the district, with Haflong town particularly affected.

Why this matters: The disruption of transportation and vital services resulting from heavy rainfall and landslides can have a ripple effect on the economy and daily lives of people in the region, highlighting the need for effective disaster management and infrastructure planning. Moreover, the impact of climate change on weather patterns and natural disasters emphasizes the importance of adapting to and mitigating its effects. The disruption of transportation and vital services resulting from heavy rainfall and landslides can have a ripple effect on the economy and daily lives of people in the region, highlighting the need for effective disaster management and infrastructure planning. Moreover, the impact of climate change on weather patterns and natural disasters emphasizes the importance of adapting to and mitigating its effects.

The incessant rain has caused landslides in various locations, including the Jatinga-Lampur and New Harangajao stations, resulting in the suspension of the Lumding-Silchar train service. Sabyasachi De, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of Northeast Frontier Railway, stated, "As a safety precaution, train movements have been halted during the night hours, although long-distance trains are still operational. However, water accumulation on the tracks in the affected areas has necessitated a temporary suspension of train services. Once the disruptions are cleared, train movements will resume accordingly. As of now, the movement of trains remains halted in the affected regions."

The impact of the heavy rainfall has not been limited to the railways alone. National Highway 27, a vital transportation artery, has been closed following a landslide near Maibong tunnel number 116-3/4 on the Haflong road. The closure of the highway has left numerous vehicles stranded on both ends, severely hampering communication along the Haflong-Silchar route.

In response to the deteriorating weather conditions, the District Disaster Management Authority in Dima Hasao has issued an advisory urging residents to refrain from venturing out from May 2 to May 4, 2024, until the situation improves. As a precautionary measure, all educational institutions in the district will remain closed until May 4, 2024. The transport department, in coordination with the SP office, will monitor traffic, and a traffic advisory has been issued, restricting all vehicle travel on the Jatinga-Harangajao Stretch at NH-27 until 4:00 PM on May 2, 2024.

The heavy rainfall has not only affected transportation but has also led to the cancellation and rescheduling of several trains. Among the trains cancelled are the 15615 Guwahati-Silchar Express, 15616 Silchar-Guwahati Express, 15611 Rangiya-Silchar Express, 05628 Agartala-Guwahati Special scheduled for May 2, 2024, 15612 Silchar-Rangiya Express, and 05627 Guwahati-Agartala Special scheduled for May 3, 2024. Additionally, the 13175 Kanchunjunga Express from Sealdah to Silchar, commencing its trip on May 1, 2024, will be regulated for 4 hours between Guwahati and Lumding.

The 07030 Secunderabad-Agartala Special, which began its trip on April 29, 2024, and the 12503 SMVT Bengaluru-Agartala Humsafar Express, which started on April 30, 2024, will also be suitably regulated between Guwahati and New Haflong. The 14619 Agartala-Firojpur Tripura Sundari Express, scheduled to depart on May 2, 2024, has been rescheduled to start at 23:10 hours instead of 15:10 hours. Similarly, the 12508 Silchar-Thiruvananthapuram Central Express, also scheduled for May 2, 2024, will now depart at 23:50 hours instead of 19:50 hours.

The special weekly summer train No. The special weekly summer train No. 08351/08352 (Sambalpur-Guwahati-Sambalpur) has been canceled for its remaining nine trips on account of poor patronization. This cancellation comes due to the ongoing disruptions caused by the heavy rainfall and landslides in the region.

For any emergencies or untoward incidents, residents of Dima Hasao can contact the District Disaster Management Authority at the following numbers: 03673 -262233, 262234, 262235, 262236, 262237, 262238, 262239, 262240, 262241, 262242, 262243, 262244, 262245, 262246, 262247, 262248, 262249, 262250, 262251, 262252, 262253, 262254, 262255, 262256, 262257, 262258, 262259, 262260, 262261, 262262, 262263, 262264, 262265, 262266, 262267, 262268, 262269, 262270, 262271, 262272, 262273, 262274, 262275, 262276, 262277, 262278, 262279, 262280, 262281, 262282, 262283, 262284, 262285, 262286, 262287, 262288, 262289, 262290, 262291, 262292, 262293, 262294, 262295, 262296, 262297, 262298, 262299.

Key Takeaways

  • Heavy rainfall in Assam's Dima Hasao district causes flooding and landslides.
  • Train services suspended, National Highway 27 closed due to landslides.
  • Residents advised to stay indoors, educational institutions closed until May 4.
  • Multiple trains cancelled or rescheduled due to heavy rainfall and landslides.
  • District Disaster Management Authority issues advisory and provides emergency contact numbers.