Cyclone Amphan In Odisha: Landfall Is Over, Collectors Asked To Submit Report In 48 Hrs

20 May 2020


Bhubaneswar: Collectors have been asked to assess damages caused by Cyclone Amphan and submit report within 48 hours, informed Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradip Jena.

"They will submit preliminary assessment reports within 48 hours. After getting the reports we will decide on final assessment," said Jena briefing reporters here this evening.

The four districts that have sustained the maximum damage are Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore, Jena revealed. 

The SRC said that lives could be saved because of advance planning and precautionary steps taken by the government.

He said in some places government buildings with asbestos roofs have got damaged and immediate steps will be taken up for their repair.

There might be also damage to houses belonging to individuals, there is specific procedure for its assessment, which will be done in due course, he added.

Telecom towers have not sustained any major damage, the SRC pointed out.

Minor repairs will be undertaken by them on war footing basis and it is expected that those will be normalised within a day or two, he added.

"Several trees have got uprooted. Teams which we had pre-positioned are clearing those in order to clear the roads," Jena said.

"As we had earlier said there are chances of loss to agriculture and horticulture in coastal districts. This needs to be studied. Its assessment will be jointly done by officials of Revenue and Agriculture departments at the tehsil level. There are specific procedure, process and format for that," he pointed out.

"Process for restoration of power supply is underway. After checking of feeders not having any fault those will be charged and in those which fault will be charged after rectification of fault. In some places electric poles, conductors and transformers have been damaged, assessment of damage is underway. It will be known by tomorrow. We have required manpower and material and it won't take much time for restoration of power supply," he explained.