Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Oct 13:
The Odisha government revised its estimate given in the morning on the damage due to cyclone Hudhud in the evening. The latest assessment says 80, 000 houses, a majority of them kutcha dwellings, had been damaged in the storm.
It may be noted that the government had reported in the morning that around 48,000 thatched houses had been damaged in the cyclone that hit large parts of southern districts of Odisha.
Apart from the damage to kutcha houses, public infrastructure like roads, culverts and electric poles had also been damaged, said a release issued by the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) in the evening.
While many trees and electric poles had been uprooted due to the cyclonic storm, most roads had been cleared with the help of NDRF, ODRAF and Fire Services personnel, the release claimed.
Meanwhile, the evacuated people have started returning to their homes. “Some people whose houses have been fully/severely damaged may stay back in the shelters for another 2-3 days, if required. Relief as per norms will be administered,” said the release.
Curiously, there has also been an upward revision in respect of the number of people evacuated in the evening.
SRC Pradipta Mohapatra, while briefing media persons in the morning, had said that the 2.33 lakh people housed in safe shelters would start returning to their homes after noon. However, the figure of evacuated people went up to 2.47 lakh by evening when some, if not most, should have been back at their places. It is hard to believe that evacuation of people was on till evening today.
The SRC also said that the water levels in Vansadhara at Kasinagar, which was flowing below the danger mark, was receding and there was no threat of flash floods in the southern districts.