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Upcountry train services halted

a year ago

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  • C’mbo-Kandy/Badulla/Hatton affected
BY Dinitha Rathnayake Upcountry train services, including the Colombo-Kandy, Badulla, and Hatton trains have been cancelled due to the prevailing severe weather conditions and earth slips and landslides, with station masters noting that it would take over a month to repair the damages caused to certain tracks and stations owing to such. Speaking to The Morning, the Railway Station Masters Union Secretary Kasun Chamara said that the upcountry trains would only be able to operate till the Rambukkana Station. According to him, it would take more than one month to repair the damages caused by the inclement weather. “The Kadigamuwa Station platform area is damaged due to landslides and so too are some places in the Ihala Kotte area and other areas.” He also said that it would take two weeks to clear the railway tracks where the Railways Department has taken steps to cancel eight train services between Colombo Fort and Kandy until further notice due to earth slips, landslides, and rock falls along the Kandyan railway line. The Puttalam railway line has reportedly been obstructed due to flooding and landslides where trains would only run till the Chilaw Station. Heavy rains over the past few days have caused many major rivers and tributaries to overflow and the Disaster Management Centre has warned the people in the low lying areas along the rivers to therefore be vigilant.

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