Cyclone 'Fani': the toll rises to 35 in Odisha, lakhs still without water and power

BHUBANESWAR: The Death Valley Due To Cyclone ' Fani ' Monday Rose To 35, While Lakhs Of People Still Struggling With Water Shortage And Disconnecting Power Supply, Three Days After The Storm Flowed Through State Coastal Areas, An Officer Said.

The Tol Was 34 Sunday. A New Victim Was Reported From The Neighborhood Monday, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), B P Sethi, Said.

Although A Maximum Of 21 People Died In Puri, Four Reported By Mayurbhanj And Jajpur And Three In Cuttack And Kendrapara, According To Sethi, Where At Least 160 People With Injuries Were Admitted To Hospitals.

Unable To Get Water, And As Their Misery Aggravated With Each Day Passing By, Groups Of Angry Residents Revealed The Street In Different Places In The Capital City.

Demanding Direct Drinking Water Supply, Thousands Of Protesters Have Disrupted Roads On Monday, Which Made The Administration A Difficult Time At A Half A Dozen Locations, Including Patia, Chhak And Rasulgarh, Making A Difficult Time For The Police Officer.

With The ' Fani ' The Power Infrastructure Is Badly Damaged, A Large Number Of Key Sectors, Including Banking Services, Have Almost Come To A Halt With Long Queues Outside The ATMs And Gas Pumps, While Patient Care In Hospitals And In Private And Government Offices Remained Paralyzed.

Amon The Worst Hits Are Students From Other States, Because They Are Unable To Buy Essential Necessities, Including Food, Because Of A Cash Crunch.

Energy Secretary Hemant Sharma, Who Had Previously Claimed That The Power Supply In Most Parts Of Bhubaneswar Would Be Quickly Restored, Said That At Least 10,000 Manpower Is Needed For Fast Restoration Work, But The Government Currently Has Only 1,000 Men At Its Disposal.

While 25 Percent Of Consumers Get Power In Bhubaneswar Tuesday, The Restoration Of Power Supply In Puri Will Take Long, Given The Mass Damage To The Energy Infrastructure In The Pilgrim City, He Said, And Added Over 30 Lakh Power Consumers By De Cycloon.

Is Attacked By Many Neighborhoods Accused Of Too Late Restoration Work, Named In The Heaviest Affected Puri And Khurda Districts And" Moderate" ; Kendrapara, The State Government On Monday, Renewed The Administration In These Districts By Replacing The Collectors With New Officers.

But No Less Than 1,031 Public Health Facilities Such As Hospitals Of Hospitals, Hospitals Of District Headquarters, Sub-department Of Hospitals, Health Centers For Communities, Centers For Primary Health Care And Sub Centers Are Damaged In The Cyclone, While 5,244 Lower School Buildings And 547 High School Buildings Were Also Hard Hit, Said The SRC .

Meanwhile, Premier Narendra Modi Carried Out An Aerial View Of The Hardest Affected District Of Puri And Adjacent Areas And Announced Rs 1,000 Crore Financial Aid For Immediate Help And Restoration.

Modi, Who Discussed The Situation With Prime Minister Naveen Patnaik And Senior Officials At A High-level Meeting, Also Suggested A Long-term Disaster Mitigation Plan For All Coastal States Vulnerable To Such Calamities.

The Center Also Offers Rs 2 Lakh For The Families Of The Deceased And Rs 50,000 For The Wounded In The Storm.

During The Evaluation Meeting, Patnaik Submitted An Interim Memorandum To The Premier Requesting Rs 17,000 Crore's Help And Repeated The Requirement Of A Special Category Status To Odisha Because Of The Fact That The Victim Was Of Frequent Natural Disasters.

While Rs 10,000 Crore Was Sought For Disaster-proof Energy Infrastructure In Coastal Areas, Rs 7,000 Crore Is Required For The Construction Of Houses Damaged By The Cyclone.

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