01 May 2019
Bhubaneswar: In view of the disruption of rail links and safety of passengers during extremely severe cyclonic storm FANI, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) has cancelled train services between the to be affected districts.
As per a recent communiqué from the ECoR, train services between Bhadrak-Vizianagaram are likely to be stopped from evening of May 2. Rail passengers have been advised to plan their journey accordingly.
Inward train services towards Bhubaneswar or Puri will be restrict from late evening of May 2. East Coast Express and Coromondal Express will not run from Howrah on May 2.
Trains for Puri from Howrah on night of May 2 will be cancelled. Trains towards Bangalore, Chennai, Secunderabad from Howrah cancelled on evening of May 2.
All trains from Puri and Bhubaneswar to remain cancelled on May 3 and all incoming trains touching Puri and Bhubaneswar on May 3 have also been cancelled.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclonic storm 'FANI' in Bay of Bengal lay centred at 0530 hrs IST on May 1, about 680 km south-southwest of Puri and 430 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam.
It is very likely to intensify further and cross Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, to the south of Puri around May 3 afternoon with maximum sustained wind speed 175-185 kmph gusting to 205 kmph.