Bhubaneswar, May 7 (LocalWire): The death toll in the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani, that unleashed devastation in several districts of the state on Friday, rose to 35 according to the State Emergency Operation Centre report on Tuesday.
Twenty-one people died in Puri, the highest in the state, where Fani had made landfall.
The SEOC situation report said 14 districts, 155 Blocks, 16,647 villages and 1,48,28,084 people were affected by the cyclone.
In Angul, Balasore, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Keonjhar, Khordha, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh and Puri 5,08,467 houses were damaged.
There was extensive damage to kutcha houses and 160 people were injured and admitted to hospitals for treatment in Puri.
The special Circuit House Puri, office and residence of SP and Collector were also badly damaged.
A huge number of trees were uprooted resulting in disruption of road communication.
In Khordha and Bhubaneswar power supply was severely affected due to uprooting of electricity poles, damage to substations and transmission lines.
Telecom towers fell down resulting in cellular and telephone network snapping telephone and cell phone communication in Puri, Khordha and Bhubaneswar.
Summer crops, orchards and plantations were extensively damaged in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Jajpur and Paradip.
Cashew fields in Khurdha, Cuttack, and Jajpur were also severely damaged.
River and saline embankments were breached and community lift irrigation projects damaged in Puri, Khordha, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Nayagarh.
Restoration work has been started by engaging people within the state and from Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal through partner agencies.
Clearing of roads and power restoration process is in full swing and roads in Ganjam and Gajapati have been completely restored while clearance and restoration work in other districts including Bhubaneswar is on.
Considering the serious disruption of electricity supply, road communication,
telephone and mobile connectivity, additional support has been rushed from other states for immediate restoration.
Train services were normalised in Bhubaneswar from Sunday and several tourists could return home. Dairy plants are also fully operational.
Relief materials (chuda, gur, biscuit, candle, matchboxes and salt) have been sent to Puri, Khordha and Eastcoast Railway.
MRC and mobile medical teams have also been deployed and 1945 number of pregnant women shifted to Maa Gruhas/ delivery points.
Open water sources have been disinfected and 56 doctors deployed from outside to Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada and Puri.
Out of 25,05,556 affected consumers in Angul, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Puri, Nayagarh, Khurdha, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur and Jajpur electricity have been restored to 5,06,180 consumers.
Three medical teams of Indian Coast Guard were ready at Paradip with first aid kit, emergency medicines and critical care ambulance assisting the administration. They also assisted in restoring amenities.
For all families covered under food security, 50 kg rice in addition to Rs 2000 and polythene will be provided from the Chief Minister’s package.
In Cuttack, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur districts that are moderately affected, Rs 500 in addition to a month’s quota of rice will be provided.
In all the affected districts one month additional pension and house building assistance as per relief code will be provided.
The houses completely damaged will be reconstructed under housing schemes expeditiously.
Loss of agriculture and horticultural crops and animal resources, fisheries will be assessed and compensated accordingly.
Tree plantations will be taken up in mission mode soon after relief and restoration.
Prime Minister has also announced an ex-gratia from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund where Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each for the persons, who got seriously injured .