Keonjhar: The Cyclonic storm Fani has also affected parts of Keonjhar district. The heavy rain and storm has damaged crops and rural houses in different areas of Anandpur and Keonjhar subdivision.
The District administration had a preparatory meeting before the cylonic storm and had evacuated 4507 persons from 126 villages in Hatadihi, Ghatgaon,Anandpur and Ghasipura and were taken to safe shelters. Immediately after the storm, a review was done to assess the damages and speed up restoration work. According to reports, 657 houses have been damaged in Keonjhar district which includes 630 partially damaged and 27 completely damaged houses.
Hatadihi block has been most affected with a damage of 390 houses. Apart from houses, 380 electric poles are also reported to have been damaged in the storm. About 11 kilometer Electric wire was cut off in the storm. The Energy department staff are on the exercise to restore the damage within a fortnight, Biranchi Sahoo, Executive Engineer, NESCO assured.
198 electric poles were reported damaged under Anandpur division, 87 in Keonjhar division and 55 poles in Joda division. The revenue department along with agriculture staffs have been instructed to survey the agriculture loss or damage in Fani within a fortnight. Electricity and water supply is almost normal now in most part of the district. Due to non cooperation of revenue Inspectors in some areas exact damage and loss has not been assessed and many affected villagers have been ommited, Dhirendra Rout, President Progressive citizens forum alleged.