07 May 2019
Bhubaneswar: All most all major city roads are now cleared, thanks to the tiring work by the various agencies deployed to clear the trees blocking the traffic. Not only the major roads, but even flyovers were not spared by the fury of FANI as its wind speed was more than 200 kilometres per hour (kmph) in the city on May 3, when the very severe cyclonic storm hit the city.
The NDRF team has deployed 420 personnel to expedite the clearing process in the city. While 13 teams with 30 personnel each are in the field, one team is reserved for emergency. The Works Department has formed 29 teams to clear major roads inside the BMC area so that vehicular movement is restored on PWD roads. Similarly more than 150 Fires Service personnel in 7 teams are deployed to clear the fallen trees. ODRAF personnel are also on job in the city to clear the debris.
Meanwhile the Multi-Agency Control Room received more than 671 complaints till 5.45 pm. While nearly 400 complaints were for tree cutting as almost 50 percent of the trees of the city were almost uprooted and more than 70 percent damaged beyond recognition, more than 250 were from other categories including supply of water tankers to affected pockets and damaged electricity poles and more than 10 complaints of lifting of animal carcass.
NAVY TO DISTRIBUTE WATER
Looking at the vastness of the damage made to the City of Temples and managing the water scarcity, created by very severe cyclonic storm FANI, Indian Navy today extended its helping hand as it made a plan to distribute 5,000 litres of packaged drinking water through four sectors, i.e. Info City, Khandagiri, OUAT and Air Port areas.
Captain Saroj Kumar Pradhan representing Indian Navy came from INS Chilika and had an interaction with the in-charge of the Multi-Agency Control Room at the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC). He said that already the Indian Navy has started its service of food and drinking water distribution in the most-affected pockets of Puri and will start with the water distribution in Bhubaneswar. ``Depending on the situation we might scale up the water supply and also add distribution of food items among the needy, who were hit by the very severe cyclonic storm,’’ he added.