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Jun 02, 2020

Assam: 21 killed in landslides in Barak Valley region

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Landslides due to heavy rainfall claimed 21 lives in Barak Valley of Assam and disrupted train services. Landslides at 3 different places in Hailakandi district killed 8 persons while 7 lost their lives in Jayapur of Cachar district. 6 deaths were reported from Kaliganj of Karimganj district too. Environment and forest minister Parimal Shukla Baidya visited landslide sites in Hailakandi.
President Ramnath Kovind expressed his condolences to the families of the victims via twitter. Following directions from the Chief Minister, the Cachar district administration handed ex-gratia cheques of Rs 4 lakh to kin of each deceased today itself. Cheques in other 2 affected districts will be handed over tomorrow.
On the other hand, CPRO, NF Railways informed that Agartala-New Delhi Rajdhani special and Bhairabi-Hatia Shramik special trains were terminated at Badarpur Jn last night due heavy rainfall and landslide near Maibong railway station. Passengers were carried back to there originating stations. Chennai-Jhiribam Shramik special was also short terminated at Guwahati and passengers are being taken to their destination by road with help of concerned district administrations.

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