Reported by Ranjan Rath
Koraput, Oct 15:
The devastating cyclonic storm Hudhud on October 12 has triggered more than 20 landslides in 14 blocks of Odisha’s Koraput district, of which 14 have been reported from Pottangi block alone.
While road communication in Galigabadar, Ranasingh, Kumbhiguda, Talapaniki, Uppara Paniki, Digupodar, Etigadar, Nuagan, Kutia and Kirajhola villages of Kutia panchayat has been disrupted, 22 houses in Galigabadar village have been completely destroyed due to landslide in the Kotiya hill.
Meanwhile, three days after the cyclonic storm, drinking water supply to Pottangi and Sunki areas of the district has been restored by the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) staff with the help of generators.
However, in Pottangi, Sunki and Semiliguda areas power is yet to be restored. The delay is due to the fact that about 22 kms of 11 KV high tension lines between Semiliguda and Sunki had been snapped, a Southco official said.
Apart from this 85 electric poles in these areas have been damaged, he added.
The severe cyclonic storm has also caused severe damage to the Kharif crop in the district. Preliminary estimate by the Agriculture department has said that about 500 hectares of Kharif crop have been completely damaged.
It may be mentioned that this south Odisha district, prior to this cyclonic storm, had witnessed two severe cyclones in 1931 and 1981. However, senior citizens in Koraput say Hudhud was far more ferocious than the earlier ones.