Kendrapara, May 6 (LocalWire): Several cyclone-hit villages of Kendrapara district are currently without electricity as the devastating cyclone mangled electric poles, snapped wires and plunged huge areas into darkness.
As night descends in the cyclone-hit areas, the villages become pitch dark. A trip to Sailendranagar village under Rajnagar block is like a journey back in time when there was no power.
‘We are living in darkness since Friday. Our only prayer is that the authorities expedite their work and restore power back to our village,’ said Satrughan Baral of Sailendramagar.
Women have to finish all their household chores before dark. ‘It becomes very difficult after sunset.
It is very windy still and we cannot even light candles or lamps,’ said Sabitri Das of Batighar village under Mahakalapada block with a population of three thousand.
‘Now, life begins and sets with the sun. After dusk there is nothing to do in this village,’ said Narayan Haldar the former Sarapanch of Kharinashi gram panchayat.
Acute power crisis boosted the sale of generators although the prices have been spiked to Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 making it difficult for common people to afford it.
The owners are also charging around Rs 500 per hour to spare their generator sets to lift water through pumps in the houses.
The officials of electricity department have provided electricity partly in Kendrapara and Pattamundai on Monday.
Electricity will be restored in the villages on war footing, said Dasarathi Satapathy the Collector of Kendrapara.
‘Many youths are walking four kilometers to Pattamundai town to charge mobile phones,’ said Prafulla Sahoo of Patarapur village.