Odisha: Govt undertakes post cyclone restoration works on war footing in affected districts
Odisha government has undertaken post cyclone restoration works on a war footing in the affected districts war footing in the affected districts. Though the very severe cyclonic storm Yass has already crossed the north Odisha coast around noon today, the adjacent interior district of Mayurbhanj is still witnessing heavy rain and wind.
As per preliminary reports, substantial waterlogging, damage to thatched houses, large scale uprooting of trees and inundation along the coast of Baleshwar and Bhadrak district have taken place. The cyclone has also induced high intensity rainfall in the Similipal biosphere reserve area.
The very severe cyclonic storm has left its footprints of destruction in the north Odisha districts, though the extent of damage has not been as severe as was feared. While two deaths-one each from Balasore and Bhadrak district have been reported, tidal water has ingressed in to about 120 villages in the two most cyclone impacted districts of Baleshwar and Bhadrak.
Local administration in association with the relief and rescue teams of NDRF ODRAF and state forest and fire service departments have already engaged themselves in road clearance works in the districts like Baleswar Bhadrak Jagatsingpur Kendrapara and Jajpur.
While the electricity supply lines are being verified for early restoration of power across the cyclone impacted districts, the cyclone has had no destructive impact especially on telecommunication networks.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has deputed food and civil supply minister to assess the damage in Baleswar- the district which was taken the heaviest of the blow dealt by the cyclone, including its landfall.