Vikash Sharma

In view of cyclone Michaung, the East Coast Railways (ECoR) on Monday opened a crisis management cell. As per available information, the senior officials of ECoR conducted a high-level meeting and all staff have been directed to remain ready for any adverse situation.

All resources have been mobilised and necessary measures will be taken to restore train services after the cyclone. Chief PRO, ECoR informed that as per the instructions of South Central Railway and Southern Railway steps are being taken to regulate movement of trains. So far, 60 express trains originating, terminating and passing through ECoR’s jurisdiction have been cancelled to ensure safety of passengers.

Helpline numbers have also been issued for the passengers to get information. The Helpline numbers are: 0674-2301525, 23016,2303060

Earlier, the IMD informed that the cyclonic storm ‘Michaung’ has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm after moving north-westwards. Currently, the severe cyclonic storm Michaung lay centered over Westcentral and adjoining Southwest Bay of Bengal off south Andhra Pradesh and adjoining north Tamil Nadu coasts.

The severe cyclonic storm Michaung is about 90 km east-northeast of Chennai, 170 km southeast of Nellore, 200 km northeast of Puducherry, 300 km south-southeast of Bapatla and 320 km south of Machilipatnam.

As per IMD, Michaung is likely to intensify gradually and move nearly northwards almost parallel and close to the south Andhra Pradesh coast. As per the projected path, the severe cyclonic storm is likely to cross South Andhra Pradesh coast between Nellore and Machilipatnam, close to Bapatla during forenoon of December 5 as a severe cyclonic storm.

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