Bhubanswar: CycloneFani death toll rises to 43 as two more bodies recovered in Odisha, informs Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi .
Even as people are struggling to get electricity amidst the gruelling summer, which has made life more miserable. The state administration is still struggling to restore electricity in the worst affected Puri and parts of Khurdha district, including in the state capital Bhubaneswar. The rising temperature in the state has added to the people’s woes.
At least 1,50,94,321 people have been affected in 14 districts–Angul, Balasore, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Keonjhar, Khordha, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh and Puri.
The cyclonic storm has damaged numerous electricity towers, four 220 KV grids at Chandaka, Bidanasi, Samagra and Mendhasala, and four 132 KV grids at Puri, Nimapada, Mancheswar and Ransinghpur. Besides, 5,030 km of 33 KV lines, 38,613 km of 11 KV lines, 11,077 distribution transformers and 79,485 km of LT lines have been damaged. As many as 1.56 lakh new electric poles have been uprooted in the ‘extremely severe’ Cyclone Fani.Apart from water supply, lack of power supply has also hit filling stations, banking service, health services and affected more than 1.4 crore people in the coastal region of the state.