The variant has a particularly increased prevalence in Maharashtra, where the strain was present at a very low frequency since October 2020.
In a letter to Mahapatra, he assured that the railway will notify the passengers regarding the restrictions imposed by Odisha by way of frequent announcements and messages to the travellers.
Reddy said the State government had sanctioned Rs 20,000 crore for the procurement of paddy.
The tropical cyclone causing the damage is expected to continue affecting the Southeast Asian nations for days while moving south toward Australia.
As per IMD data, the highest temperature recorded was 40.8 degree Celsius at Adilabad, Mahbubnagar and Medak.
While regular train services are yet to resume, the focus of the Railways has been to ensure that its freight revenues hold steady.
The ECoR has decided to run MEMU trains from Keonjhar to Bhubaneswar and Angul to Puri besides extending services of Visakhapatnam-Jagdalpur Special train to Kirandul.
So far, around 850 people have been winched or ferried to safety, but tens of thousands have been told to flee their homes and wild weather has spread to more inland areas.
Around 18,000 residents were told to evacuate their homes, as days of relentless rainfall caused rivers in Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, to their highest levels in 30 years.
The CM said that works being done on the embankments will help in preventing any miseries in flood-prone areas.
On the following three days, thunderstorms accompanied with lightning and gusty winds reaching speeds of 30-40kmph are expected at isolated places across the State.
The Centre has said it will allot more Kisan Express trains to Andhra Pradesh.
The judges also noted that even physical court hearings have been deferred due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.
According to the petitioners, the two persons died while travelling between the Nalli and Kovilpatti railway stations in 2014.
The IMD had earlier predicted thunderstorms with light to moderate intensity rain and "Thunderstorm with hail" for the day.