Bhubaneswar, Oct 11: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today directed the officials to start the restoration work immediately soon after the wind speed and the rain subsided in the areas affected by the very severe cyclonic storm TItli.
Patnaik, who reviewed the post cyclone Titli situation at a high level meeting here, directed the officials to restore the power supply, water supply, road communications and telephone services damaged by the cyclone Titli.
Briefing the newsmen after the review meeting, Chief Secretary A P Padhi said Gajapati district was worst affected by the cyclone. Almost all the blocks of the districts were affected and the communication was badly hit as big trees were uprooted and blocked the roads at many places.
Power supply was also affected in the district as many places the overhead wire were snapped due to the high wind speed of cyclonic storm Titli which hit the area with wind speed reaching nearly 126 kmph. However, power supply was restored in major parts of Ganjam district.
Padhi said, 13 NDRF teams and 20 ODRAF teams were deployed in various sensitive areas of the state for the rescue and relief operation and the government has requested to deploy additional two NDRF teams in Gajapati district taking the situation into consideration.
The Chief Secretary said, except Western Odisha (excluding Sundergarh) the entire state is expected to get heavy rain throughout the day today.
The districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Balasore and Jagatsinghpur district on an average received more than 100 mm of rain. Gajapati district received more than 200 mm of rain on average and the Mohana block in Gajapati district received the highest rainfall of 315 mm of rain.
Padhi today ruled out any flood situation due to the cyclonic storm but said the Vanshadhara river may be flooded due to heavy rainfall in Rayagada and Gajapati districts. (UNI)