Over 44 lakh population in Odisha affected by severe cyclonic storm Amphan

Over 44 lakh population in Odisha affected by severe cyclonic storm Amphan

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Bhubaneswar, May 21 : Over 44 lakh people in 12 coastal districts of Odisha were affected by the Cyclonic storm Amphan which hit the state yesterday. Odisha Chief Secretary A K Tripathy told this to Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba through video conference on Thursday.

As per the instant preliminary reports received from the Collectors of Cyclone affected districts around 44.5 lakh people in 6745 villages under 1500 Gram Panchayats spread over 89 blocks were affected by the cyclone Amphan. Mr Tripathy said around two lakh people have been evacuated and sheltered in 3228 cyclone shelters and other safe buildings maintaining the norms of ‘social distancing’. All fishermen were brought back from the sea. As many as 22,050 fishing boats in coastal districts were berthed in safe places.

About 210 medical teams and 75 veterinary teams have started their operation in affected areas. He said nearly 44 lakh consumers under the power distribution companies like CESU and NESCO have been affected. The Chief Secretary said cleaning of road and restoration of power supply is going on a war footing.

Pre-positioned teams have already started operation. Drinking water supply has resumed. Power supply to around 80 per cent of the affected electricity consumers in the CESU area has been restored and the rest will be restored in a day or two.

Mr Tripathy said around 86 per cent of the mobile connectivity has been restored. Crop loss has taken place in more than one lakh hectare of land. Damage assessment is going on and it will be finalised in a couple of days. Chief Secretary office sources here said the Cabinet Secretary complimented Odisha’s response to the extremely severe cyclone Amphan, particularly in minimizing the loss of life to the least. More (UNI)