GUWAHATI, Aug 16 - Rail link between North Eastern region and rest of the country remain snapped for the fourth consecutive day today, and the situation is not expected to improve at least till August 20.
Sources at the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) told The Assam Tribune that there has been no improvement in situation along railway tracks in the flood-hit eastern region of Bihar.
�Railway Board has directed all zonal railways to cancel trains travelling from various parts of the country beyond Malda town and Katihar till August 20. The situation remains as it was. In fact, collapse of a bridge early this morning has led to severing of the rail link between Kumedpur and Katihar and further complicated things with regard to evacuating passengers from this region stranded at Katihar,� said an official.
He added, �As things stand today, there is no chance that rail link with the rest of the country will be re-established before August 19. Only after August 19 is the ground situation likely to be assessed and reviewed.�
Over 600 passengers stranded in Katihar were evacuated to Malda before rail link between the two stations got snapped after a bridge collapsed this morning at a place between Maniyan and Kuretha.
The stranded passengers are being moved to Kolkata and Guwahati by road.