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Special trains dispatched to help with rescue efforts in flood-hit areas: Govt in LS

Several states across northern India have been dealing with a crisis after floods, caused by heavy rains, inundated villages and left hundreds homeless.

india Updated: Aug 02, 2017 19:20 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Flood victims stand in a queue while waiting for relief material at Dhanyaghari Village, Amta II of Howrah district on August 2, 2017.(PTI Photo)

The government on Wednesday said it has dispatched special trains to flood-hit areas in Assam and Gujarat to facilitate movement of passengers and goods.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, railway minister Suresh Prabhu said the railways introduced three special trains – Silchar-Guwahati and Murkong Selek-Guwahati in Assam, and Palanpur-Bhuj in Gujarat.

“Railways runs special trains wherever there is passenger demand, including flood-affected areas,” said Prabhu.

The minister said the Railways also transports essential items as and when demand arises and also on request from different quarters, including voluntary organisations, National Disaster Management Authority and others.

Gujarat, Rajasthan, Assam and parts of West Bengal were hit by widespread floods that have claimed several lives.

First Published: Aug 02, 2017 19:20 IST