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Rlys gear up to meet Phailin menace

Statesman News Service |

statesman news service
NEW DELHI, 12 OCT: The Indian Railways has geared up its machinery to manage railway operations in the areas affected by cyclonic storm Phailin.
 The railway minister, Mr Mallikarjun Kharge,  has given instructions to the railway administration to take all precautionary measures to ensure safety and convenience of passengers. The Railway Board here is constantly monitoring the situation, said a press communique issued by the railway ministry here late this evening, .
The severely affected railway zones, East Coast Railway with its headquarters at Bhubaneswar, South Central Railway with its headquarters at Secunderabad and South Eastern Railway headquartered in Kolkata have activated emergency control rooms at zone level as well as at the  divisional headquarters. General managers of these zones are personally monitoring and supervising all arrangements. The other zones are also on alert to provide necessary support.
As a precautionary measures, 99 trains including 46 mail and express Trains, have been fully cancelled while 12 trains have been partially cancelled and 25 trains have been diverted so far. The decision to further cancel/divert/partially cancel trains will be taken after regular review of the situation.
Zonal railways are bringing out information bulletins at regular intervals. The information is being uploaded on websites of respective zonal railways. Helplines are being set up to provide information to the public. Additional refund counters are being set up to expedite fare refund.
 Control teams comprising officers/supervisors and staff of different departments are working round-the-clock to manage the emergent situation. Affected sections are being sanitised. Local emergency arrangements for food, drinking water, medical facilities & relief and rescue operations have been made at concerned stations.
Diesel engines are positioned at select places on standby. Accident relief trains/accident relief medical equipment are being kept ready at base stations. Power cars have been positioned at concerned locations. Diesel generator sets have been set up at controlling stations for lighting and signaling. Satellite phones have been provided and made functional at zonal headquarters. Emergency store items like tarpaulins, blankets, bedsheets, GI wires, gloves, kerosene oil, torches, bleaching powder, etc., have been supplied at the controlling stations. Engineering material for relief and rescue operations have been loaded and kept ready.

Cyclone: C-17 flies first sortie
NEW DELHI, 12 OCT: Hours ahead of cyclone Phailin making landfall in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, the Indian Air Force’s latest strategic transport aircraft, the C-17 Globe Master flew its first sortie, transporting  relief material, including specialist Army vehicles and ambulances, from bases in central India to Bhubaneswar.
  The C-17 airlifted 60 troops and rescue and medical material including heavy vehicles and ambulance from Allahabad before landing at Bhubaneswar at around 8.15 a m today. Additionally, the IAF has already started transporting National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel and other heavy relief equipment by IL-76s and AN-32s from various bases across the country.
 The IAF has also kept in readiness two C-130J Super Hercules towards rescue and relief efforts.
Mi-17 V5 helicopters are standing by at Barrackpore near Kolkata ready to fly to Odisha for rescue and relief activities, as and when required. sns