Bhubaneswar, Nov 9 (LocalWire) The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Bulbul’made landfall at Sagar island near Kolkata, while in Odisha where it caused devastations officials intensified restoration work.
Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradip Kumar Jena said the districts of Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore and partly Jajpur had experienced heavy rain and gale causing uprooting of trees, falling of electric poles and damaging kutcha houses.
The rain had since stopped and road clearing and restoration of electricity work are in progress.
While in many areas power restoration and road clearing had almost completed, the same is yet to be done in two of the 11 affected blocks in Kendrapara district – Rajnagar and Rajnakanika – as 33 KV feeder poles are being repaired and efforts are on to restore it tonight or latest by tomorrow, he said.
Meanwhile, Mayurbhanj district, which is closer to West Bengal, is now experiencing rain accompanied by gale affecting power supply and causing damage to kutcha houses.
Restoration work will commence once the rain stopped, the SRC said.
Stating that 3500 persons were shifted to cyclone shelters in the affected districts, Jena said that all the collectors have been advised to provide them the required food and basic needs as long as they are there.
The SRC said that an old man died of wall collapse in Rajkanika block of Kendrapara district.
The report is being verified. An NDRF personal sustained serious injuries in Bhadrak district while doing electricity restoration work.
He is being shifted to SCB Medical College Hospital at Cuttak and all arrangements have been made for his treatment there.
A fishing boat with nine crew members had capsized near Dhamra today.
All the members were rescued by ODRAF team, fishermen and local police, he said.
The SRC said that standing crops in at least six lakh hectares of agricultural land have sustained 30-40 per cent damage as per preliminary assessment and the field staff will thoroughly assess the crop loss, he said.