Report by Badal Tah; Rayagada: One loaded goods train going to Vedanta siding in Ambadola station got badly affected due to flash floods. According to sources from railways, no passenger train was involved in flooded area. Railways took measures to cancel/divert passenger and express trains from this area in the interest of safety. Out of 59 wagons of the goods train, 3 wagons got affected due to the massive floods and derailed at site. Rest 56 wagons are on track. Railways rushed relief trains and boulders to site. They are still waiting for water levels to recede as because of incessant rains. Water is still flowing on track. Both up and down lines were affected. Soil and ballast below the track was washed away.
In view of this, Daikalu-Ambadola section of Rayagada-Titlagarh line the Trains fully cancelled are-Sambalpur-Koraput-Sambalpur Passenger, Sambalpur -Junagadh Road-Sambalpur Passenger, Visakhapatnam -Raipur Passenger, Rayagada-Sambalpur-Rayagada Passenger. The services between Singapur Road- Titlagarh-Sigapur Road will remain cancelled.
Ahmedabad-Puri Express, Puri-Ahmedabad Express, Bengaluru Cantt-Hatia Express, Dhanbad-Alleppey Express, Visakhapatnam-Hazrat Nizamuddin Express are diverted through different routes.
Trains namely Visakhapatnam-KorbaVisakhpatnama Express. Rourkela- Jagdalpur-Rourkela, Howrah- Jagdalpur-Howrah Express, Bhubaneswar/Rayagada-Jungarh Road-Bhubaneswar express, Durg- Visakhapatnam-Durg passenger are partially cancelled.
Today passengers, who came in Bhubaneswar-Junagarh Link Express, going to Kesinga, Bhawanipatna, Junagarh in Kalahandi faced lot of difficulties as the train was short terminated at Muniguda. Many commuters got down at Rayagada railway station and hired taxis to go to different parts of Kalahandi. For many it was a costly affair. The y loitered in Rayagada and Muniguda Railway stations for a long time waiting for buses and other modes of transport. Railways should have arranged some means of transport for the passengers who could not afford money, said Sri Sibaji Das, President of Yuba Vikas Parishad.