34 lakh power consumers in Odisha affected by #CycloneAmphan

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Bhubaneswar: About 34 lakh power consumers in the State have been affected by Cyclone Amphan, informed Energy Secretary Bisnupdada Sethi on Wednesday.

“Around 34 lakh consumers, including 15 lakh of Nesco, 17 lakh of Cesu and over 1.60 lakh of Southco have been affected due to snapping of electricity and mishaps caused by the cyclone. Consumers of Baleswar and Bhadrak districts have been affected the most,” he said.

However, electricity has been restored in the Southco areas earlier in the day and it is likely to be restored in Twin City of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack by this evening as well. Besides, restoration will be ensured in hospitals, drinking water projects, Government offices and other important places in next 12 hours. Control Rooms have been opened to expedite the restoration work, Sethi said.

“Since the Covid-19 crisis is prevailing across the country, it is not possible to hire manpower from other States. Hence, we have to maximise our efforts. Currently, 327 teams have been deployed in the Nesco and Cesu areas and they are carrying out the restoration drive,” he said.

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