Odisha is in a dangerous situation most of the people at Puri affected a lot from cyclonic winds which were above 70km speed.
Residents of the state of Odisha are battling the aftermath of ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’ Fani, the second strongest cyclone to affect the state since Phailin in 2013. The cyclone has led to the displacement of over one million people who are either living in temporary camps or are locked in their homes without basic amenities such as water, electricity, and mobile connectivity.
Ground reports tell us that while mobile connectivity has been partially restored in parts of the state, it will take a number of days for concerned authorities to reestablish operational electricity and water supply mechanism. News about locals taking to the streets in protest against the lack of basic facilities such as electricity and water have also emerged from parts of the state, especially state capital Bhubaneshwar and Puri, which have been the worst affected.
Mirror Now has also learned that Odisha police is currently supervising the situation on the ground while operating under stringent instructions to ensure no breach in the law and order situation. However, reports of food packets being lotted or people rushing towards water supplies continue to come to light. Data released by the Odisha government has revealed that over a lakh electric poles have collapsed which means that it is likely to take authorities a number of days to fully restore power.
Handling the operations on ground zero, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Randeep Kumar Rana says that a total of 44 NDRF teams have been deployed in affected areas of the state since three days prior to the cyclone making landfall. He adds that a majority of these teams are deployed in Bhubaneshwar and Puri, 23 and 14 respectively. Rana adds that the teams are currently clearing electricity poles which were damaged during the cyclonic storm along with repairing the run-down water pipelines.