Rail and flight services in Odisha is likely to remain acutely disrupted over the next two days as Cyclone Fani, the most severe cyclonic storm over the east coast in nearly two decades is due to make landfall on Friday morning at around 9:30 am, railway and aviation ministry officials said.
More than 220 trains on the Kolkata-Chennai route have been cancelled until Saturday.
List of trains cancelled by the East Coast Railways on May 3:
Originating station: Howrah
Howrah-Puri Dhauli Express
East Coast Express
Howrah-Bhubaneswar Jan Shatabdi Express
Howrah-Puri Shatabdi Express
Originating station: Santragchi
Santragchi-MGR Chennai Central AC Express
Originating station: Shalimar
Originating station: Haldia
Haldia-MGR Chennai Central Express
Originating station: Kharagpur
— ARITRA DEY (@durontorajdhani) May 2, 2019
According to Railways officials, announcements about the special trains as well as the cancellations are being made across beaches and tourists spots to help tourists.
Both railways and DGCA have issued advisories for passengers as well as operators.
Cyclone Fani is likely to cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, south of the temple town of Puri on Friday at around 9:30 am, with maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph, according to India Meteorological Department.