By D N Singh
The danger that has been looming over Odisha coast in the name of ‘Yaas’ is drawing close to an end.
There has been no such apocalyptic fall out as it was apprehended since last one week. Looking back to a few days, it appears now clear that the IMD has somehow misread the intensity and predicted in favour of a catastrophic fall out. Which has been proved far from the really what happened. But the damage is done.
Which has, in fact, happened on the ground. The Landfall did start close to fringes of Balasore district roughly from 10.15 AM on Wednesday resulting in heavy rainfall coupled with gusty winds.
The ones in villages faced the onslaught of the heavy wind, turning at times to a kind of blitzkrieg
A process that continued lashing several human habitations in Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada and adjoining districts with heavy rain and gusty wind touching to 120 to 130 KMPH.
Inundation has come on the way of major things like rehabilitation and clearing the areas and road communication etc. People stuck in rehab centres are getting something but the ones left abandoned in their homes already inundated are a worried lot as government agencies making arrangements to help them with cooked and dry foods.
Post the landfall there was marked increase in the wind velocity making things still difficult to wriggle out of the areas flooded by incessant rain in many areas.
NDRF and ODRAF are on the job to clear the blockades and reach out to the people.
Disease After The Deluge
What must worry the people and the government as well is the double whammy. While battling against the cyclone, the existing threat from the Corona infection may be more challenging.
Being within the shelter homes in large numbers, it is well neigh impossible to adhere to the Covid guidelines and more so, social or physical distancing.
With the major cloud of danger blown away, now the ramification can be felt in other areas like Sundergarh and neighboring Telengana and Chhattishgarh.
About the Author:
DN Singh is a Bhubaneswar-based senior journalist.
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