The Railways stated on Wednesday that 12 Oxygen Express trains delivered 969 tonnes of liquid medicinal oxygen to six states and a union territory in a 24-hour period, despite adverse weather conditions.
Three of these trains arrived in Tamil Nadu, four in Andhra Pradesh, and one in each of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, and Kerala.
The transporter said it procured the liquid medical oxygen for these states from Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand.
This region is home to the country’s primary liquid medical oxygen (LMO) producing plants, which are now supplying life-saving gas to states affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Railways had pushed the Oxygen Express trains to their destinations in anticipation of terrible weather caused by Cyclone Yaas, which pummelling the beach cities of north Odisha and neighbouring Wehalada.
Officials reported the storm made landfall north of Dhamra in Odisha’s Bhadrak district and 50 kilometres south of Balasore, in the Bahanaga block, on the coast. Since it began operations a month ago, Oxygen Expresses has delivered more than 17,945 tonnes of LMO. Jharkhand has become the country’s 15th state to use the programme. So far, 272 Oxygen Express trains carrying 1,080 tankers have been dispatched.