Rayagada, Aug 15: The incessant rains for the last two days disrupted train services on the Koraput-Rayagada route on Sunday.
A landslide occurred between Sikharpai and Keutguda on the route gathering huge stone slabs on the tracks, a few km away from Sikharpai railway station, which blocked the main line, disrupting the movement of trains.
Howrah-Jagdalpur Samaleswari Express and Koraput-Visakhapatnam DMU were halted at Sikharpai station and Visakhapatnam-Koraput DMU was detained at Rayagada for hours due to the landslide.
The Samaleswari Express had a narrow escape from the landslide that halted for around six hours. The DMU that had left from Visakhapatnam was short terminated at Rayagada and returned to Visakhapatnam and Koraput-Visakhapatnam DMU that originated from Koraput was short terminated at Sikharpai and returned back.
East Coast Railway (ECoR) said waltair division had provided refreshment to the stranded passengers at Sikharpai station. The train services were restored after a special railway team arrived at the spot from Rayagada and cleared the tracks.