Bhubaneswar: After reviewing the cyclone FANI situation with Chief Secretary and other senior officers, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik stressed that restoration of the completely damaged energy infrastructure will be a big challenge.
As eye of the extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘FANI’ cross mainland Odisha today afternoon, many trees were uprooted and electric wires snapped in the process. While the trees have blocked several main roads, they have also taken down many electric poles with them as well.
“Energy infrastructure has been completely destroyed and restoration will be a challenging task. While electricity will be restored in Ganjam by tomorrow, the work has been taken up in war footing in other areas,” the CM briefed.
“Our first priority is to evaluate people living in vulnerable areas including kutchahouses. Over the last 24 hours, 12 lakh people have been evacuated to safer places. Immediate priority is taking care of the people staying in cyclone shelters,” he said.
He further added, assessment of damage is possible only after cyclone completely crosses the Odisha. “Puri town and district have suffered huge damages and restoration of road has also started,” he concluded.
Notably, about ten thousand villages and 52 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) are likely to be affected by cyclonic storm Fani. Already 28 teams of NDRF, 18 teams of ODRAF teams and over 500 teams of Odisha Fire Services have been deployed for relief and rescue operation work.
Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Ranvir and Kadmatt with relief material and medical teams have been deployed to commence rescue operation as soon as the cyclone crosses coast.
Aircraft have been kept standby for immediate deployment to carry out aerial survey as soon as the cyclone crosses coast to assess the impact of the cyclone and aid in rescue operation. Helicopters are also kept standby for joining in the rescue operation and for air dropping of relief material when required.