Cyclone Amphan: 1 lakh hectare crop area damaged in Odisha

23/05/2020 at 9:28 PM

Bhubaneswar, May 23: The odisha government today said that around one lakh hectare of all crops area damaged by the cyclonic storm Amphan, which passed along the coast of Odisha and crossed the West Bengal coast close to Sunderban in the evening on May 20.
According to the report on restoration and damage assessment released by the state govt, due to the impact of the cyclone 10 districts of Odisha (Balasore, Bhadrak,Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Mayurbhanj, Cuttack, Jajpur, Keonjhar, Khordha, and Puri) have been affected. 04 of them (i.e. Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur) have been affected more severely.

As many as 9833 no. of villages, 1558 Gram Panchayats in 92 Blocks and 272 Wards in 22 Urban Local Bodies have been affected in 10 districts.

As many as 8,72,049 livestock have been affected, while as many as 15,000 houses got partially damaged
No confirmed cases of human casualty reported so far, the report said.

Damage assessment and restoration:
• House damage enumeration is going on in full swing and expected to be completed by 26.05.2020.

• 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.

• 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.

• 85 % of the affected consumers have got back power. Restoration is in full swing and complete restoration is expected by 23rd May 2020. 2
Telecom Sector:
• 4930 no. of telecom sites are fully/ partially damaged in Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapad and Mayurbhanj districts.

• 90% of total mobile sites have already been made functional. Agriculture: • About 1 lakh Ha. of all crops area damaged. Assessment is going on and is expected to be completed by 26.05.2020.
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 23rd May 2020.

• However, water supply with alternate power system is already going on and as such all consumers are getting water supplies.

• 81 no. of 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 no. of DG sets are being engaged for the remaining pump houses to ensure continuous water supply. 55 no. of water tankers are also engaged for providing drinking water.

• As per preliminary reports 14 no. of boats fully damaged, 41 boats partially damaged and 41 no. 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.
• 2592 no. of 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 no. of CDs/ Bridges damaged. Buildings:
As per preliminary reports received from Panchayati Raj & DW Department 646 no. of Anganwadi Centers, 1552 no. of Primary School buildings and 298 no. of GP Buildings and Community Hall have been damaged.

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