Puri, Jun 6: The whirlwind accompanied by torrential rain last night compounded the problem of the people in Puri, worst affected by the cyclonic storm Fani.
The situation in the pilgrim city was limping back to normalcy with the assistance provided by the government and various other agencies when the gale wind and torrential rains lashed the town for an hour damaged a number of houses in slums and uprooted trees and electricity poles.
The electric department disconnected the power supply to avert any mishap after trees and electric poles were uprooted plugging the entire city into darkness.The worst hit were street vendors at sea beach and grand road.
No casualty was reported so far.
The heavy rain hampered the ongoing massive drain cleaning operation.The debris of Fani clogged most of the drains and water bodies and efforts were on to clean all drains before the onset of monsoon.
Huge man and machines were engaged since last week to clean drains. At the request of district collector cleaning personnel from Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Angul and other non Fani affected districts have joined in the operation.
Puri collector Balwant Singh who is now chairperson of Puri municipality in the absence of an elected council is supervising the cleaning operation.
This apart all the water bodies like Narendra, Markand, Indradyumna ponds and other water sources were being cleaned and disinfected but it was of no use as the rain water entered into the ponds again.
As per the target the drive is to be completed before the annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannatha slated to be held on July 4 next.