The East Coast Railway on Thursday has cancelled at least 103 trains and diverted four more in view of Cyclone Fani, which is likely to cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali on Friday afternoon.
The East Coast Railway (ECoR) on Thursday has cancelled at least 103 trains and diverted four more in view of Cyclone Fani, which is likely to cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali on Friday afternoon.
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Further, the railway has issued an advisory to cancel or regulate trains which might get affected due to Fani, which is now classified as an “extremely severe cyclonic storm”.
The whole section between Bhadrak-Bhubaneswar-Puri-Visakhapatnam will be cleared so that there will be no train in the section during the extreme situation.
Some of the trains which have been cancelled include Howrah-Chennai Central Coromandal Express, Patna-Ernakulam Express, New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express, Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express, Bhubaneswar-Rameswaram Express.
There are three special trains which are running between Puri and Vishakhapatnam on account of cyclone Fani.
The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), the country's top body to deal with emergency situations, met for the second time in as many days and reviewed the preparedness with the states and departments concerned of the central government to deal with the situation arising out of the cyclonic storm.
The NDRF is deploying 41 teams in Andhra Pradesh (8), Odisha (28) and West Bengal (5) for prepositioning. In addition, the NDRF is keeping on standby 13 teams in West Bengal and 10 in Andhra Pradesh, the official said. A team NDRF comprises about 45 personnel.
First Published: May 2, 2019 5:39 PM IST