Reported by Ranjan Rath
Koraput, Oct 17:
Even after five days of the Hudhud onslaught, two blocks of Odisha’s Koraput district have still remained in darkness.
According to reports, there has been no power in several panchayats of Narayanpatna and Bandhugan blocks. A total of 125 electric poles have been uprooted while 78 transformers in these two blocks have been completely damaged.
Meanwhile, 30 special teams from Koraput and other districts of the state have been deployed to restore power in these two blocks.
Energy minister Pranab Prakash Das, who is currently on a tour to the district, reviewed the situation this afternoon.
Apart from power disruption, road communication in these two blocks has not been fully restored.
While the Narayanpatna-Laxmipur, Narayanpatna-Bandhugan, Bandhugan-Rayagada and Bandhugan-Parbatipuram roads were opened yesterday, road communication in the remote and Maoist-prone areas of Bogiri, Langalabeda and Talagumandi panchayats are still cut off.
The Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams, deployed in the district to clear the roads, have not ventured into these areas due to the Maoist threat.
Hundreds of tribals including women from these three panchayats arrived at Narayanpatna tehsil by covering 22 km by foot yesterday.
Due to disruption of communication in 85 villages of seven panchayats of Narayanpatna blocks, distribution of the PDS items meant for these villages, has not yet been made, the reports added.
A total of 770 houses in these three panchayats have been completely destroyed.
It may be mentioned that the Hudhud had wreaked havoc in Pottangi, Semiliguda, Narayanpatna and Bandhugan blocks along the Eastern Ghats and Deomali hill region.