Brahmapur, Oct 21:
People of this silk city in south Odisha are crossing over to Andhra Pradesh in search of ATMs to withdraw money as almost all such facilities in the city are lying defunct since Cyclone Phailin hit the state.
The ATMs have either been damaged or are not operational due to disruption of electricity.
Only one ATM of the State Bank of India (SBI) is functioning in the city and people are making a beeline to withdraw money from it.
“Instead of cooling my heels here, I preferred to go to Ichhapur in Andhra, 35 km from here, to withdraw cash from an ATM,” said Srinibash Rao, a resident of Brahmapur.
Like him, several people, especially the Telugu speaking people, are crossing the border to withdraw cash and recharge mobile phones. The ATMs are not functioning here as power supply is disrupted, said an officer of Andhra Bank.
“Initially, we went to the neighbouring state to send news items through the internet and recharge cell phones,” said a local journalist.
Now the scribes are going to places like Digapahandi and Chhatrapur, where power supply has been restored, in order to despatch their news items.
Normal life has been paralysed for the last eight days in almost the entire Ganjam district after the cyclone hit the coastal belts of the state. (PTI)