Bhubaneswar, Oct 18:
Industry body Assocham today appealed to corporate houses to generously contribute to the Odisha government’s Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for carrying out relief and restoration work in cyclone-flood affected districts.
“About half a million temporary (kutcha) and semi- permanent (pucca) houses have been washed away in the affected areas, which need to be rebuilt on an urgent basis. Besides, restoration of power supply and other electrical infrastructure together with supply of drinking water are key enormous tasks ahead of the government of Odisha,” Assocham President Rana Kapoor said in a statement.
Stating that there has been tremendous loss to standing crops, besides fishing boats, nets and other such apparatus of the fishermen community, the industry body pointed out that many mobile towers and other communication infrastructure have been destroyed in the cyclone.
Kapoor, who is also the founder, MD and CEO of YES Bank, appreciated the effective and coordinated role played by all the agencies, especially the state government.
Lauding the efforts of Odisha government for massive preparedness to evacuate about a million people in time and avoid loss of human life at a large scale, he said, “Though relief and restoration work is in full swing across the affected districts in Odisha, the overall rehabilitation and resettlement is likely to take over half a year’s time.”
He said the cyclone will have wide and far implications on the state’s economy, considering that many villages have been completely wiped off and inhabitants of such villages have been forced to abandon their abodes and conventional sources of livelihood.
“Migration of these people will impose heavy costs on human development in the form of poor and compromised working conditions of migrants and obstacles in their access to food, shelter, education and health care,” Kapoor said.
“Coping with loss to industry, physical infrastructure, crops, livestock, tourism and jobs are other significant challenges in front of the state government,” he said. (PTI)