Bhubaneswar: Status of relief and restoration in the cyclone FANI affected areas of the State was reviewed by newly appointed Minister of Revenue & Disaster Management, Sudam Marndi, at a meeting held in the office of Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) at Rajiv Bhawan in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.
During the review, Marndi stressed on repair and restoration of primary school buildings damaged due to cyclone before reopening of schools after summer vacation.
He also emphasized on quick restoration of the Anganwadi Centres, health institutions and electricity in all the affected areas. He directed to ensure that all the basic facilities such as drinking water, generator, and search and rescue equipment are available in all multi-purpose cyclone and flood shelters and viewed that there is a need for construction of more Multi-purpose Cyclone and Flood Shelters in the State.
Marndi also enquired about the adequacy of the State Disaster Response Forces and the equipment available with them. Later, he visited the office of the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) and reviewed various activities.
The Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm FANI that made landfall on May 3, 2019 near Puri had severe impacts in 14 districts of the State. Nearly 1.65 crore people were affected due to the disaster while 64 people lost their lives. More than 15.5 lakh people were evacuated to safe shelters within 24 hours prior to landfall of the cyclone which saved many precious lives.
Out of 25,01,131 affected consumers in the districts of Angul, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Puri, Nayagarh, Khurdha, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur and Jajpur, electricity has been restored to 23,36,584 consumers as on May 31, 2019.
While the status of electricity restoration in Cuttack is 99 per cent, in Khurda it is 96 per cent. It has been 100 per cent restored in Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur while only 52 per cent in Puri.
Water supply in both urban and rural areas has already been restored. Additionally, water is being supplied in the affected areas through water tankers and 7 UV water treatment plants.
An Inter-Ministerial Central Team of Government of India visited the State from May 12 to 15, 2019 and conducted an on the spot assessment of the damages caused due to the cyclone. A preliminary report of damage amounting to Rs 11,942.68 crore was shared with the Central Team. In the mean time, the damage assessment by the Departments and the Collectors is almost over and the Memorandum to the Government of India will be submitted soon.
International Development Partners- EU, World Bank and UN Systems along with Departments and various institutions are also separately carrying out a Rapid Damage & Needs Assessment (RDNA) on the cyclone FANI.