Cyclone Fani is about to hit Odisha coast today and it is just 65 kms from Gopalpur whereas it has already hit Puri early this morning, as per IMD reports. The cyclone has also affected the movement of trains due to which East Coast Railways have cancelled four more trains today in Odisha. Whereas, ECoR cancelled approx 103 trains yesterday.
The trains which have been cancelled are RajyaRani Express from Rourkela to Kamakhya (18117), Bhubaneshwar-Bangiriposi Express (12891), Secunderabad-Kamakhya Express (07149) whereas, the special train has been assign from Santragachhi to Chennai (02841).
THE EXTREMELY SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM “FANI” IS VERY LIKELY TO MOVE NORTH-NORTHEASTWARDS AND WEAKEN INTO A VERY SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM DURING NEXT 6 HOURS.— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) May 3, 2019
Railways have diverted the several trains running on the south route. In fact, they have also introduced three special trains so people can move to a safer place in Odisha. Some trains which were scheduled to run today have been cancelled including Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Express, New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express, New Delhi-Puri Purushottam Express and New Delhi-Puri Nandan Kanan Express.
Here is the full list of cancelled trains:
1. Train No.15227 Yeswantpur – Muzaffarpur Express
2. Train No.22808 Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGRamachandran Central Railway Station – Santragachi Express
3. Train No.22613 Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGRamachandran Central Railway Station – Haldia Express
4. Train No.22826 Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGRamachandran Central Railway Station – Shalimar Express
5. Train No.12840 Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGRamachandran Central Railway Station – Howrah Mail
6. Train No.22641 Trivandrum – Shalimar Express
7. Train No.12246 Yeswantpur – Howrah Express
8. Train No.22888 Yeswantpur – Howrah Express
9. Train No.12864 Yeswantpur – Howrah Express
10. Train No.12842 – Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGRamachandran Central Railway Station – Howrah Coromandel Express
11. Train No. 12863 Howrah – Yesvantpur Express from Howrah
12. Train No. 18463 Bhubaneswar – KSR Bengaluru Express from Bhubaneshwar
13. Train No. 12245 Howrah – Yesvantpur Express from Howrah
14. Train No. 22817 Howrah – Mysuru Express commencing from Howrah
15. Train No. 22883 Puri – Yesvantpur Express from Puri
16.Train No. 15227 Yesvantpur – Muzaffarpur Express from Yesvantpur
17.Train No. 12246 Yesvantpur – Howrah Express from Yesvantpur
18.Train No. 22888 Yesvantpur – Howrah Express from Yesvantpur
19.Train No. 18048 Vasco – Da- Gama – Howrah Express from Vasco – Da- Gama
20. Train No. 18464 KSR Bengaluru – Bhubaneswar Express from KSR Bengaluru
21.Train No. 12864 Yesvantpur – Howrah Express from Yesvantpur
#CycloneFani In order to clear stranded passengers at #Visakhapatnam & near by areas, railways to run a special train from VSKP to #Mumbai CSTM with timings and stoppages of Konark express (11020), Public are requested to make use of this special train services @eastcoastrail— Odisha News Tune (@OdishaNewsTune) May 3, 2019
Not just Railways but also Air flights have also been cancelled for the next two days. DGCA, aviation regulator announced that in and out flights from Bhubaneswar airport stand cancelled on Friday. Also, the movement of various domestic airlines has been cancelled.
“Airports Authority of India issued alert to all coastal airports to ensure all precautions, SOPs put in place immediately,” Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted.
Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guards, Armed Forces and 78 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been kept on alert, whereas, around 900 cyclone shelters have been built to help the Odisha people.