Traffic on the Howrah-Chennai rail route was restored on Monday with the partial resumption of trains that were totally stopped owing to cyclone Phailin.

Services on the Howrah-Visakhapatnam section remained disrupted on Sunday after the East Coast Railway (ECoR) cancelled all trains as a precautionary measure.

With the restoration of the Khurda Road-Berhampur-Palasa-Visakhapatnam-Srikakulam section, services from Bhubaneswar to South India and Mumbai were resumed on Monday.

While most trains are leaving on scheduled time, more than half-a-dozen trains continue to be cancelled as Chennai-Howrah Mail on Monday and Coromandel Express on Tuesday.

The South Eastern Railway is striving to divert trains to the South by re-directing them through Bilaspur instead of cancelling them.

The ECoR has suffered heavily with track damaged in more than 12 sections and blocked by uprooted trees. Overhead equipment too were uprooted under the impact of falling trees at various places.

The up-line home signal at Ichhapuram station was uprooted. The cyclone also damaged the foot overbridge and platform shelter at Berhampur, Ganjam, Somepeta, Balugaon, Mancheswar and Khurda Road.

Meanwhile, the Paradip Port, which suffered heavy damage, resumed partial operation on Monday. It would take a few more days to clear the silt.

The port is facing a problem of about eight lakh cubic metre of siltation and a survey would be taken up only on Tuesday, an official said.

Apart from replacing the damaged equipment, to resume night navigation, officials are working to restore connectivity with roads connecting the port. Most of them have caved in and it has been estimated that about 30,000 uprooted trees need to be cleared.

Officials of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said the NHAI, in cooperation with the State governments, was working round-the-clock to clear highways and repair the damaged portions.