J P Mishra, Chief Public Relations Officer of East Coast Railway said, “We do not want even a single casualty as our passengers’ safety is foremost in our agenda. Hence, 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”.
Bhubaneswar-Bangalore Prashanti Express, Bhubaneswar-Visakhpatnam Intercity, Bhubaneswar-Yesvantpur, Bhubaneswar-Secunderabad Visakha Express, Puri-Okha Express, Bhubaneswar-Tirupaty Express, Puri-Tirupaty Express, Bhubaneswar-Mumbai Konark Express, Puri-Chennai Express and several other trains have been cancelled.
The meteorological department has sent the warning that the cyclonic storm ‘Hudhud’ is expected to hit the Andhra-Odisha coast on October 12.
The Railways has also informed that a few trains from Howrah towards southern states would be diverted through Raipur and Nagpur section.