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HUDHUD Cyclone Update: 38 Trains Cancelled, Heavy Damage Expected

img-1With the HudHud cyclone lashing heavy rains across the coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh near Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur in Odisha, the Indian Railways has announced cancellation of 38 trains on Sunday.

“We have decided to cancel 38 the trains on the Bhubaneswar-Visakhapatnam route from 6 AM on October 12 and during that time the entire section would be closed to all mail express and passenger trains,” ECoR CPRO J P Mishra said. According to the Met department, Cyclone Hudhud, which has transformed into a “very severe cyclonic storm”, is expected to hit Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coast on Sunday, October 12.

The cancelled passenger trains:

Bhubaneswar-Bangalore Prashanti Express,
Bhubaneswar-Visakhpatnam Intercity,
Bhubaneswar-Secunderabad Visakha Express,
Puri-Okha Express, Bhubaneswar-Tirupaty Express,
Puri-Tirupaty Express,
Bhubaneswar-Mumbai Konark Express,
Puri-Chennai Express, and some passenger trains.

In addition, some trains from Howrah would be diverted via Raipur and Nagpur section, he said. If the railway tracks are not affected, the trains will be restored soon, he said. Positioning of special teams for early restoration of tracks, signaling system and electrification are on standy, he informed.

Indian Meteorological Department has indicated heavy rainfall at most places due to the Cyclone HudHud with heavy (6.5 – 12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5 – 24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (≥ 24.5 cm) over west and east Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Kalahandi, Phulbani districts of south Odisha commencing from Oct. 11.

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