The cyclonic Titli storm has hit the south eastern coast of India earlier this week and as many as 16 trains were cancelled or diverted – disconnecting the entire storm-hit region. To rescue the people stranded in the region, the Indian Railways launched a special train from Bhubaneshwar in Orissa to Bengaluru in Karnataka.
The East Coast Railway launched a super-fast Tatkal Special that will run from Orissa’s Bhubaneswar to Bangalore Cantonment in Karnataka on 15th October at 07:50 AM, as per the official railway statement. The special train will stop at Khurda Road, Balugaon, Brahmapur, Palasa, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada, Perambur, Arakkonam, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Bangarapet, Krishnarajpuram and Bangalore East between Bhubaneswar and Bangalore Cantonment to help all stranded in the region to move southwards in safer places.
While the train will draw people out of the region, the government has deployed 14 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and 26 teams of Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) in 16 Titli-hit districts of Orissa. Also, Indian Army personnel as well as two Indian Navy helicopters were brought for rescue and air dropping of relief materials in Ganjam district of Orissa, as its roads were cut off by the storm.
Titli storm is now weakened into a deep depression and has entered West Bengal, which caused heavy rainfall and it cost the total of 4 lives, three in Orissa and one in West Bengal among other damages. This heavy rainfall has wrought a major damage in Jhargram and Paschim Medinipur districts of West Bengal which were close to Orissa. The state government has also cancelled leaves of all government employees in the Secretariat and Heads of Departments to conduct relief efforts in wake of the cyclone and flooding in the state. While the meteorological center said that heavy to very heavy rainfall will continue to pound till Saturday in Orissa including Balasore, Bhadrak and Dhenkanal districts.