Upcountry rail services impeded

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Mound collapses, tree falls, and rock slides were reported in a number of locations along the upcountry railway line following heavy rainfall in the Central Province. There were many obstacles impeding trains, and the Department of Railways decided to cancel the mail train.

In the area hit by the calamity, Department of Railways staff have been working tirelessly to remove trees, mud, and stones. However, numerous stones that have fallen on the railway track close to Watawala have not yet been removed.

The Night Mail Train was also cancelled, along with two trains that were plying from Colombo to Badulla and two trains plying from Badulla to Colombo on 2 August. Meanwhile, on the Kelani Valley line, a train bound for Colombo Fort derailed yesterday (3), at the first platform in Maharagama.

(Pix by Department of Railways)