Bhubaneswar, May 27: As many as 750 babies were born in 10 coastal districts of Odisha on May 25 and 26 during Cyclone Yaas, informed the Women and Child Development department.
The department said that 4555 pregnant women were identified while 2107 were shifted to hospitals from May 24 prior to the landfall of the cyclone.
Officials said that highest number of 166 babies were born in Kendrapara district while 98 and 95 babies were born in Bhadrak and Khordha district respectively. The condition of mothers and babies are stable.
Officials said that convincing the pregnant women to shift to hospitals was the major challenge. “Most of the expectant mothers have delivery date on the first week of June and most of them were reluctant to get shifted to hospitals. But supervisors and members of Angawadi visited them frequently and convinced them to get shifted,” said an official.