Bhubaneswar, Oct 16: It is not just the livelihood and the property of the people that is affected, but also the railways. With uprooted towers and high tension signal wires stripped and strewn due to the high velocity Phalain cyclone, East coast railway officials said that no trains can be operated in Bhadrak-Khurda Road-Palasa-Vizianagaram sections.
Sources inform that the up-line signal of Ichhapuram Station was uprooted, while the overbridge and platform shelter at Brahmapur, Ganjam, Somepeta, Balugaon, Mancheswar and Khurda Road stations were blown away or damaged. Efforts for reconstruction are on with the velocity of the storm going down by the day. Engineers, traction staff and telecommunication staff have been alerted and kept in readiness for a situation. There are several places where trees have uprooted, blocking the railways.
Major trains between Kolkata and Chennai, passing through Odisha have been affected. Apart from this, various flights to Odisha from various parts of the country have also been cancelled for bad weather.
Waiting for their turn
People have been rendered helpless because of the bad weather in Orissa, which has led to flights being cancelled.
Marooned at the station
People at an Odisha railway station wait for their trains. A number of trains to the state are reported to have been cancelled.
Trains delayed, cancelled
Many trains have been delayed or cancelled in Odisha because of the cyclonic effect on the railway infrastructure.
A long-awaited enquiry
Passengers enquiring for their trains.
People waiting for their turn to ask railway officials about the arrival and departure of trains.
On a flurry
The disrupted services in Odisha has led to chaos.