Amphan wreaks havoc in Odisha, over 1.62 lakh evacuated

Amphan wreaks havoc in Odisha, over 1.62 lakh evacuated

Agency News

Bhubaneswar, May 20 : The severe cyclonic storm Amphan wreaked havoc in the coastal districts today uprooting large numbers of trees, electric poles and damaging several kaccha houses. Special Relief Commissioner(SRC) sources here said about 1,62,991 people have been evacuated to the safe shelters and 1885 pregnant women were shifted to the hospitals/ Maa Gruhas.

The government had deployed 20 NDRF teams, 16 ODRAF teams and 231 Fire Service teams in 6 coastal and 6 nearby districts to clear the uprooted trees and electric poles blocking the road. About 100 teams of OFDC have also been deployed in 6 districts and Fire Officers and Deputy Fire Officers were deputed to each of the vulnerable districts for coordination among Fire Service Teams.

Special Relief Commissioner P K Jena said the collectors of 12 districts have been asked to submit a detailed report within 48 hours about the damages caused by the severe cyclonic storm Amphan. Post disaster road clearance has already started in Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak and other areas by NDRF, ODRAF, Fire Service andOFDC Personnel. The Teams are ready to commence road clearance immediately after subsiding of the wind in other areas. As per the preliminary report received from the Department of Energy 65 nos.

of 33 KV Feeders have been affected and 1938382 number of consumers have been affected in Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajapur, Mayurbhanj, Jagatsinghpur and Ganjam Districts. However, about 90 per cent of the telecom towers/ infrastructure are intact and only shifting of antennas is observed in the affected districts. Telecom Service Providers have started working in areas where cyclones has subsided for restoration of the damaged equipment.

A report from Balasore said the people of the coastal district heaved a sigh of relief after the very severe cyclone Amphan passed off along the 80 km coastline without causing much damage.

Official report said though there was strong wind up to 100 kmph accompanied with rains there was neither any human causality nor any major damages . People were evacuated from vulnerable areas and were lodged in the safe places following the social distancing guidelines. District Emergency Officer Rizwana Kawkab said “ As many as 49,000 people were evacuated and lodged in around 400 shelters . There are no reports of causality from anywhere in the District As per reports roads in several places including in Balasore Sadar , Chandipur, Baliapal and Bhograi were blocked due to felling of trees or branches. Those obstructions are being cleared by the NDRF, ODRAF and fire brigades teams. Two more NDRF teams arrived in the district in addition to 4 teams deployed earlier to cut trees and clear roads expeditiously.

The power supply was disrupted in several places after electric poles were damaged and electric wires snapped.