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Train service to Tripura restored

By Correspondent

AGARTALA, June 18 - Normal passenger train services in Lumding-Badarpur and Badapur-Agartala sections have been restored after completion of five-day-long restoration works, an official release said on Monday.

However, normal services are still suspended between Silchar and Badarpur as some portion of railway track between Panchgram and Katakhal station is still under flood water, said PJ Sharma, Chief Public Relation Officer (CPRO) of NFR said.

The Kanchenjunga Express connecting Agartala-Sealdah (Kolkata) and Agartala-Silchar passenger train left Agartala railway station today, he said. Similarly, Silchar-Sealdah Kanchanjungha Express left from Badarpur instead of Silchar to clear thousands of stranded passengers. �Efforts are on to restart the train services as early as possible once the flood water recedes in Silchar-Badarpur route�, he said.

Tripura and part of Assam remained cut off from the rest of the country by railways since June 13 due to landslips and submerging of rail tracks triggered by unprecedented flood.

The situation has been much better than that of yesterday as water level is receding in Manu and Deo rivers with every passing hour, said District Magistrate (DM), Unakoti D Darlong over telephone from Kaialashahar, one of the worst flood affected subdivisions in Tripura.

�We have closed down many relief camps and distributed cash and relief materials to the flood victims on Tuesday. People are assessing how many people are still in relief camps�, he added.

Thousands of people are stranded due to suspension of train services since June 12. Meanwhile, over 70,000 people are still in relief camps in Unakoti district due to the unprecedented flood since June 12. �Now relief, food and distribution of medicines are in full swing so that marooned people don�t suffer. We are keeping a close eye on the situation�, said Darlong.

Barring Kailashahar, the overall flood situation has improved significantly with water level in all major rivers flowing at normal level as there has been no rains over the past 72 hours.

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