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103 trains cancelled, 2 diverted in wake of Cyclone Fani

May 2, 2019 9:18 AM |

In wake of the Cyclone Fani, a total of 103 trains have been cancelled while 2 have been diverted.

According to the sources, 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, keeping in view the safety of trains and passengers amidst the arising storm.

The decision comes in the wake of the upcoming Cyclone Fani that is about to wreak havoc over the eastern coastline affecting Odisha and Andhra Pradesh most of all.

The Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani over West-central Bay of Bengal moved north-northeastwards with a speed of about 07 kmph in last six hours and lay centred at 0230 hrs IST of 02nd May, 2019 over West-central Bay of Bengal near latitude 15.5°N and longitude 84.2°E, about 510 km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha), 260 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and 700 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal).

For more information on the Cyclone's current status, read- Cyclone Warning for Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh

Some of the major trains which have been cancelled include Howrah-Chennai Central Coromandal Express, Patna-Eranakulam Express, New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express, Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express, Bhubaneswar-Rameswaram Express.

According to a bulletin released by Southern Railways, the trains that stand fully cancelled are as follows:

1. Train No.12841 Howrah - Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGRamachandran Central Railway Station       Coromandel Express of 2nd May

2. Train No.12842 Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGRamachandran Central Railway Station – Howrah Coromandel Express of 2nd May leaving at 08.45 hrs.

3. Train No.12663 Howrah – Tiruchchirappalli Express of 2nd May

4. Train No.12863 Howrah – Yeswantpur Express of 2nd May

5. Train No.12839 Howrah – Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGRamachandran Central Railway Station Mail of 2nd May 2019

6. Train No.22644 Patna – Ernakulam Express of 2nd May 2019

7. Train No.06057 Santragachi - Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGRamachandran Central Railway Station Coromandel Express of 2nd May

8. Train No.12508 Silchar – Trivandrum Express of 2nd May

9. Train No.12245 Howrah – Yeswantpur Express of 3rd May

10. Train No.22603 Kharagpur – Villupuram Express of 3rd May

11. Train No.12841 Howrah – Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGRamachandran Central Railway Station Coromandel Express of 3rd May

12. Train No.22817 Howrah – Mysuru Express of 3rd May

13. Train No.22807 Santragachi – Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGRamachandran Central Railway Station Express of 3rd May

14. Train No.18496 Bhubaneswar – Rameswaram Express of 3rd May

Train No. 12509 Bengaluru Cantonment – Guwahati Express leaving Bengaluru Cantonment on 2nd May will run via diverted route of Vizianagaram, Titlagarh, Jharsugudah.

The Extremely Severe Cyclone Fani is gradually coming closer to the coast and is all set to make landfall over Odisha coast. Cyclone Fani is expected to cross Odisha coast near Satpada and Balukhand area in Puri district around afternoon of May 3.

Thus, Odisha is now gearing up for heavy to extremely heavy rains during the coming days. These showers would be accompanied with damaging winds.

Cyclone Fani is likely to affect a total of 19 districts in the states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. State and national authorities have already put Odisha on alert against inclement weather conditions, particularly in 12 districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Gopalpur, Khurda, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Rayagada, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Paradip and Balasore.

Earlier authorities in Odisha had already advised tourists to leave Puri by tomorrow evening and cancel non-essential travel to the districts likely to be affected on May 3 and May 4.

The railways have confirmed that it will grant a full refund to passengers for the cancelled or diverted trains if the tickets are produced for cancellation within three days from the scheduled date of journey.

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