Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Oct 13:
The preliminary damage report of Odisha government suggests around 48,000 thatched houses, 24 transformers, 600 electric poles and 75 km electric wires have been damaged during the very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud that hit south Odisha, said Special Relief Commissioner Pradipta Mohapatra here today.
Giving further details, he said 25,000 houses have been damaged in Koraput district while damages to 15,000 houses have been reported from Gajapati district, 7,000 in Rayagada district and 1,000 in Malkangiri district.
“This preliminary report is based on the reports of district administration of the four districts. We are yet to get any report from other districts including Ganjam,” Mohapatra told reporters.
The SRC informed that 2.33 lakh persons have been evacuated to due to the cyclone and they have been placed in 2029 centres. “While 66,494 persons have been evacuated in Koraput, 49,740 people have been evacuated from Malkangiri and around 65,000 in Gajapati,” he said.
Mohapatra said the people in shelter centres may return home, if they want.
“The district collectors have been asked to decide whether they would stay or go home. However, if some people want to go, they can go. We would provide cooked food to the evacuated people who are taking shelter in various centres,” he said.
He also said there is no flood-like situation although water is flowing close to the danger level in Rushikulya and Bansadhara rivers.
In response to Andhra Pradesh’s appeal for assistance from neighbouring states, he said 30 fire service teams comprising 210 members have been sent to clear roads and take up other relief work. While 20 teams have been deployed in Vizag, 10 teams are at work in Vijaynagaram, he added.
Energy secretary Suresh Mohapatra said as per the preliminary assessment nearly 600 electric pole, 75 km of electric wire, 24 transformers have been damaged by the cyclone.
He said the department officials are trying to restore power connection to all district headquarters and important towns by today evening.
“We are giving priority to hospitals, district headquarters and PHDs for providing drinking water facilities to the affected population,” said Mohapatra.