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Odisha govt orders completion of restoration work on war footing


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 13:

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik today asked the concerned departments to step up restoration work in all cyclone affected districts and complete the jobs on war-footing.

“I had a detailed review meeting on the damage done to infrastructure in the concerned districts by the cyclone. Extensive house damages have been reported from certain southern districts, energy infrastructure is badly affected in Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur and Malkangiri districts. Crop losses and assessment of other damages will be completed in very short time,” said Patnaik after taking a review meeting here.

NaveenInforming that restoration work is going on war footing basis, he said that while road clearing process will be completed by afternoon in the affected areas, 90% energy restoration will be completed by evening.

Many trees have been uprooted and extensive damage to power infrastructure have been reported from Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts. Damage to agriculture sector is being assessed. As per latest information, Gajapati district and Baipariguda in Koraut district have suffered extensive damage in agriculture, said a release of CMO.

It was revealed at the meeting that the cyclonic storm Hudhud has caused maximum damage in Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur and Malkangiri districts.

While several kutcha houses have been damaged, road communication in these districts have been disrupted as several uprooted trees have blocked the roads.

Besides, the cyclone has also resulted in massive losses to crops in Gajapati district and Boipariguda in Koraput districts and also damaged power infrastructure in these five south Odisha districts.

The chief minister was informed that all roads would be cleared by this afternoon while power would be restored in the evening in the affected districts.

Apart from this, repair and renovation work of two major roads in Kandhamal and Gajapati districts has been completed by noon today.

In view of the Met office forecast on possible heavy rains in the upper catchments of Mahanadi, Subarnarekha, Brahmani and Budhabalanga rivers, the chief minister directed the Water Resources department to keep a close vigil on the embankments of these rivers.

The high level meeting was informed that 30 fire brigade teams and two Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams have been sent to the cyclone affected areas of Vishakhapatnam and Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh for rescue and relief works.

Among others, Revenue and Disaster Management minister Bijayshree Routray, chief secretary GC Pati, Development Commissioner AP Padhi, Director General of Police Sanjeev Marik, principal secretaries, secretaries and senior officials of the concerned departments were present at the meeting.