ECoR sources said it has now been decided to run most of the trains on normal route in scheduled timings following improvement in situation in cyclone-ravaged areas.

Cyclone Phailin (in pics)

Phailin affects 90 lakh people

Train services in Howrah-Visakhapatnam section of ECoR were disrupted and cancelled on October 12 and yesterday due to the high velocity cyclone, ECoR sources said adding machinery set up for cyclone management was engaged for restoration of traffic.

Two Odisha districts badly hit

ECoR had partially resumed some of the train services from Sunday. Trains with normal departure from Monday are 11020 Bhubaneswar-CSTM Konark Express, 18447 Bhubaneswar-Jagdalpur Hirakhand Express, 18437 Bhubaneswar-Bhawanipatna Express, 18452 Puri-Hatia Tapaswini Express, 18418 Bhubaneswar-Rourkela Rajyarani Express, 12838 Puri-Howrah Express, 18477 Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express, 18449 Puri-Patna Baidyanathdham Express.

Other trains are 12801 Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Express, 18410 Puri-Howrah Jagannath Express, 12815 Puri-New Delhi Nandan Kanan Express, 12822 Puri-Howrah Dhauli Express, 12892 Bhubaneswar-Bangiriposi Express, 18448 Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express, 18438 Bhawanipatna-Bhubaneswar Express and 12994 Puri-Gandhidham Express.
    
All the above trains will run on their scheduled timings and path, ECoR sources said.
Death toll mounts to 25

The death toll in calamity-ravaged Odisha on Monday mounted to 25 with four more persons perishing in several areas of the state in the aftermath of cyclone Phailin that triggered heavy rains and floods in some districts.

While 21 persons were killed due to the high velocity cyclone, four others died following floods in Mayurbhanj and Bhadrak districts as heavy rains pounded most parts of the state, officials said.

Giving details of the casualties, Special Relief Commissioner PK Mohapatra said deaths were reported from districts like Ganjam (9), Balasore (3), Puri (3), Nayagarh (2), Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur Khurda and Bolangir (one each).

Similarly, floods in Mayurbhanj and Bhadrak claimed two lives each, an official said, adding fresh casualties due to cyclone were reported in Nayagarh, Bolangir and Puri. A boy was missing after being swept away by the flood waters of Salandi in Bhadrak.

Most of the casualties were caused by wall collapse, uprooted trees and in floods, while a large number of people were injured, officials said.

Naveen Patnaik on aerial survey

With normalcy fast returning in cyclone-ravaged areas, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is embarking upon an aerial survey in the worst-hit Ganjam district where the Phailin made a landfall at Gopalpur on October 12.

Relief and restoration operation also picked up in the affected areas of the vast coastal belt in the aftermath of the calamity.

(JPN/Agencies)

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