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Landslips snap Assam-Agartala road link

By Correspondent

AGARTALA, May 12 � Road connectivity to Assam�s Barak Valley, Tripura and Mizoram was disrupted on Tuesday as the Assam-Agartala National Highway (NH-44) has been cut off with multiple landslips at Khanchabasti area near Sonapur in Meghalaya.

The National Highway, considered as lifeline had suffered another blockade only a day back as the NH was blocked by a heavy landslide at the Sonapur area on Sunday. Stones, boulders and other debris of the landslide had blocked the highway for more than 24 hours.

The remnants of the landslide at Sonapur were cleared off o n Sunday itself while the fresh landslide has once again disrupted the transport lifeline. BRTF personnel can�t even operate in the entire area due to heavy rains.

It has been learnt that the landslide took place at 3 pm on Tuesday amidst heavy downpours which is apprehended to continue for the next few days. The landslide has occurred at five separate locations, all at the Khanchabasti area.

BRTF personnel said that the NH-44 is not likely to get cleared before the next 24 hours. A long queue of trucks and buses were stranded with their passengers on both sides of the landslide. It is apprehended that more such landslides of clay and boulders are likely to occur in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, the prices of essential commodities has already jumped a bit with the delay in supply of food and daily necessities stalled for two days in Tripura, three districts of Barak Valley and Mizoram.

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Landslips snap Assam-Agartala road link

AGARTALA, May 12 � Road connectivity to Assam�s Barak Valley, Tripura and Mizoram was disrupted on Tuesday as the Assam-Agartala National Highway (NH-44) has been cut off with multiple landslips at Khanchabasti area near Sonapur in Meghalaya.

The National Highway, considered as lifeline had suffered another blockade only a day back as the NH was blocked by a heavy landslide at the Sonapur area on Sunday. Stones, boulders and other debris of the landslide had blocked the highway for more than 24 hours.

The remnants of the landslide at Sonapur were cleared off o n Sunday itself while the fresh landslide has once again disrupted the transport lifeline. BRTF personnel can�t even operate in the entire area due to heavy rains.

It has been learnt that the landslide took place at 3 pm on Tuesday amidst heavy downpours which is apprehended to continue for the next few days. The landslide has occurred at five separate locations, all at the Khanchabasti area.

BRTF personnel said that the NH-44 is not likely to get cleared before the next 24 hours. A long queue of trucks and buses were stranded with their passengers on both sides of the landslide. It is apprehended that more such landslides of clay and boulders are likely to occur in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, the prices of essential commodities has already jumped a bit with the delay in supply of food and daily necessities stalled for two days in Tripura, three districts of Barak Valley and Mizoram.