Bhubaneswar: The office of Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) today informed that 1,40,60,602 people of 14 districts in the State have been hit hard by the ravaging Cyclone FANI that wreacked havoc last week on May 4.
The SRC spokesperson also informed that 155 blocks, 51 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and 16,074 villages of the 14 districts have been affected.
The 14 affected districts are Angul, Balasore, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Keonjhar, Khordha, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh and Puri.
While 05 Nos. of 400 KV towers, 27 Nos. of 220 KV towers, 21 Nos. 130 KV towers have been damaged in the cyclone, 04 numbers of 220 KV Grids at Chandaka, Bidanasi, Samagra, Mendhasala and 4 numbers of 132 KV Grid at Puri, Nimapada, Mancheswar and Ransinghpur have been damaged.
Also, 5030 kms. of 33 KV lines, 38613 Kms. of 11 KV lines, 11077 nos. of distribution transformers, and 79485 Kms. of LT lines damaged.
In Puri district extensive damages have occurred to all kutcha houses. Structures of temporary street vendors have been completely damaged. 160 nos. of people injured and admitted to hospital for treatment. Special Circuit House Puri, Office and Residence of SP and Collector have been badly damaged like many other buildings.
Huge numbers of trees have been uprooted resulting in disruption of road communication.
Khordha and Bhubaneswar city have been severely affected. In Bhubaneswar, 03 persons injured and hospitalized. Power supply snapped due to uprooting of electricity poles, damage to substations and transmission lines.
Telecom towers have been affected resulting in cellular and telephone network down in wide area.
All telephone and cell phones are down in Puri district. Telephone and mobile connectivity has also been severely affected in Khordha including Bhubaneswar city.
Summer crops, orchards, plantations devastated in a large scale.
Traffic was disrupted in all the PWD roads of Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada due to up-rooted trees, debris and electric poles.
Restoration works have been started by the Energy Department engaging 200 work man gangs mobilized within the State. Approximately 200 no. additional gangs have been mobilized from Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal through Partner Agencies such as L & T, TATA Power, PGCIL and NTPC. Arrangements have been made for quick procurement and deliver of poles from SAIL for steel poles and State based agencies for PSC (Cement Poles). Distribution transformers are being arranged through Odisha based manufacturers. Other minor material is also being arranged from local sources.
In case of any additional requirement of sources from neighbouring States would be tapped.
The Department of Energy have notified 1.5 times of prescribed wage rate for skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled labourers in cyclone restoration work so as to attract more no of competent gangs from within and outside the State. Fooding wage Rs 150 per person per day has also been prescribed, informed the Odisha SRC office.