Cyclone AMPHAN: 1 lakh hectare crops damaged in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: About 1 lakh hectare crops have been damaged in Odisha due to impact of Super Cyclone AMPHAN, revealed a preliminary report on damage assessment today.

The crops were damaged due to strong winds and heavy downpour triggered by severe cyclonic storm AMPHAN along Odisha coast on May 20.

However, the assessment is underway by the concerned collectors in their respective districts. It is expected to be completed by May 26.

The cyclone has affected total 44,44,896 population in 10 districts — Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Jajpur, Khordha, Puri, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj — in Odisha. AMPHAN pronounced as UM-PUN triggered heavy rainfall and gusty winds in 10 districts while crossing along Odisha coast  before making a landfall in West Bengal coast close to Sunderban on May 20 . Of 10 districts, four districts — Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur — have been affected more severely.

A total of 9833 villages, 1558 Gram Panchayats under 92 Blocks and 272 Wards in 22 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) have been affected in these 10 districts.

According to damage assessment report, total 8,72,049 livestock have been affected and about 500 numbers of houses have been fully
damaged and 15000 numbers of houses got partially damaged due to cyclone.

As many as 28 large animals, 9 small animals and 3680 poultry birds have been perished due to squall winds and heavy rainfall in the above mentioned districts. However, the State reported zero casualty of human so far.

Besides agriculture and human habitats, almost all the sectors in Odisha have been affected by the Nature’s fury on May 20.

Energy:

As per preliminary damage assessment of power infrastructure, 34 km of 33 KV lines, 453 km of 11 KV lines, 680 km of LT lines and 2439 number of Distribution Transformers have been damaged. However, 85 % of the affected consumers have got back power and restoration is in full swing. The complete restoration is expected by today in all the affected areas.

Telecom Sector:
  • 4930 telecom sites are fully/ partially damaged in Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapad and Mayurbhanj districts.
  • 90% of total mobile sites have already been made functional.
Fishery:

As per preliminary reports 14 number of boats fully damaged, 41 boats partially damaged and 41 number of fishing nets fully damaged.

Forest:
  • As per preliminary reports, 4000 trees uprooted in Cuttack/Balasore (WL) Division.
  • Uprooting of 2000 numbers Casurina trees occurred in Astarang Range.
Road:
  • 2592 fallen trees removed and all 290 no. of blocked RD roads have been cleared.
  • 151.05 km lengths of roads/embankment have been damaged and 42 CDs/bridges damaged.
Buildings:

As per preliminary reports received from Panchayati Raj & DW Department 646 Anganwadi Centers, 1552 Primary School buildings and 298 GP Buildings and Community Hall have been damaged.

Drinking Water:
  • No major damages have been reported.
  • 93 % PWS already operational with power supply restoration in rural areas.
  • Power supplies to all affected PWS are expected to be restored by May 23, 2020.
  • However, water supply with alternate power system is already going on and as such all consumers are getting water supplies.
  • 81 water tankers also engaged for drinking water supply.
  • In urban areas power supply has been restored to 376 pump houses out of 401 affected due to the cyclone and 25 DG sets are being engaged for the remaining pump houses to ensure continuous water supply. 55 water tankers are also engaged for providing drinking water.
Deployment of Disaster response forces:

19 NDRF teams, 12 ODRAF teams, 156 Fire Service teams and 2 teams of OFDC have been deployed in the affected districts for clearance of supply lines.

Response:
  • About 2,00,346 people were evacuated to safe shelters.
  • 210 Mobile Medical Teams have been deployed in the affected areas for providing immediate medical assistance to the affected people.
  • 75 Veterinary Teams have been deployed in the affected areas for ensuring animal care.
  • 79 Veterinary Doctors and 310 no. of Para-Vets and Attendants engaged.
  • 32 animal health camps have been organised and 1242 animal treated and 900 animals vaccinated.
Damage Assessment and Restoration:
  • House damage enumeration is going on in full swing and expected to be completed by May 26.
  • All officials of Government engaged in damage assessment and restoration activities are not allowed to avail any public holidays till the assessment and restoration works are completed.
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