Berhampur, May 3 (LocalWire): Road communication in several parts of Ganjam district has been disrupted after scores of roadside trees were uprooted as the extremely severe cyclone Fani with wind speed of 100 to 150 kms passed through this coastal district on Friday.
The district administration, however, claimed no human causality was reported in the district. ‘We have not received any cyclone-related deaths from the district,’ said Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange.
Power supply to major areas in Ganjam, including Berhampur, the commercial city was snapped as Fani tore through wires and battered the electric poles.
As a precautionary measure, over three lakh people from the 22 blocks were evacuated to safer places to ensure zero-casualty when the cyclone passed through.
They have been housed in school buildings and multi-purpose shelter homes.
The process of shifting the people was started from Wednesday and went on till late night Thursday. ‘We have not allowed anyone to stay in the kutcha houses during the cyclone,’ said the Collector.
Damage to other infrastructure and residential houses, however, has not yet been ascertained, sources said.
‘The wind speed was very high this time,’ said P Someya, a fisherman from Gopalpur-on-Sea.
Kulange said major roads, including National Highway and PWD roads have been cleared. Cleaning of other roads was on by the fire and ODRAF personnel, he said.
In Berhampur, the Berhampur Municipal Corporation staff has been pressed since early morning. At least ten vehicles were used, said BeMC Commissioner Chakravarti Singh Rathore.
‘All NH and PWD roads cleared to traffic after removing 252 trees from the roads,’ said superintendent, works department, Berhampur, BK Padhy. He said damage to some government buildings was also reported.
Power was being restored and by Friday night power to the entire district would be restored, Kulange promised.
‘Power supply was restored in several areas of Berhampur, including MKCG Medical College and Hospital and Berhampur University,’ said PK Choudhury, general manager of Southco Utility, the power distribution company.