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Fani Aftermath: Relief & Restoration Works In Full Swing In Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: Restoration and relief distribution have taken fast pace in FANI affected areas. While health services have been prioritized, remarkable growth has been brought in telecommunication, energy connectivity and drinking water supply.

“Life in affected areas is returning to normalcy and implementation of the relief and restoration works are in full swing. There is distinct picture of more possibilities and self reliance among the affected people,” Information and Public Relations Department Secretary, Sanjay Singh said.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday Singh revealed the  following details:

Health Services

Affected 5 districts i.e. Puri, Khordha, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara are closely monitored with special emphasis on six more affected blocks of Puri districts namely Puri, Gop, Kanasa, Satyabadi, Brahmagiri and Krushna Prasad by the Health and Family Welfare Department.

A total No of 1945 expectant mothers were shifted to safer places during cyclone FANI out of which 600 institutional delivery has been reported, said Shalini Pandit, Spl. Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare and State Director, NHM. While all Government Health care facilities have been functional with power back up, the District Headquarters Hospital at Puri and Khrodha along with all CHCs of Puri districts and 11 out of 12 CHCs in Khordha districts have been restored with water supply.

120 Mobile Medical Team are deployed and 46 Medical Relief Camps are functional in cyclone affected areas. 74 doctors and 234 paramedics from other districts have been deployed in affected areas. Of this, 20 doctors and 200 paramedics are being specially deployed to the 189 most affected GPs in Puri and Khordha districts. Orders have been communicated for distribution of 24 lakh sanitary napkins free of costs to all adolescent girls and women in Puri district for the next two months. Additional fund to the tune of Rs.10000 have been provided to all GKS to take up cleaning and sanitation works. IEC campaign is continuing.

In which 18536 cleanliness drives have been undertaken and around 69672 open water sources have been disinfected. Till date around 15 open water sources with floating carcasses have been flagged as being unsafe for drinking. There is no report of any disease outbreak from any source so far.

Rural Drinking Water Supply

In cyclone affected districts rural water supply is restored through a combination of Static water tankers, mobile water tankers, MTPs and PWS run by Genset and solar power. In Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Jajpur and Khordha districts 100% restoration has been achieved through Genset and power Supply. As on today 287 nos. PWS (98%) of Puri District are functional.

Apart from Bramhagiri and Kakatpur 100% restoration has been completed in all blocks. Around 5.72 Lakh ltrs. of drinking water is being supplied through 286 tankers twice in a day only in Puri District. Out of 2364 nos. of damaged PWS 2294 nos. of PWS have been restored with Genset and power supply.

Energy Restoration

The State Government is taking all out efforts to restore the power supply to all the consumers.

Yesterday 71867 consumers of CDD-1 have been given electricity supply which is 100%. Out of 69031 consumers of CDD-2 50000 consumers have been provided with power supply as on today. Out of 95599 rural and urban consumers of CED 48230 consumers have been provided electricity as of now.

In BCDD-1 all consumers i.e. 58,742 consumers have been provided power supply by today. Out of 1,47,531 consumers of urban and rural areas of BCDD-2, 1,18,778 consumers have been restored connectivity. Similarly out of 1,09,984 consumers of rural and urban areas BED, 93,841 consumers have been restored power connection. As a result 81% of BCDD-2 and 85% of BED have got power connection.


74% mobile towers in Khurda, 45% in Puri and 84% in Cuttack district have been made functional. Similarly, 76% in Bhubaneswar, 38% in Puri and 85% in Cuttack city have been made operational.

10 nos. of Airtel Cell on Wheel (CoW) are working at Badadanda, Collectorate, Swargadwar, Gundicha temple, Chakrathirtha road, Bus stand and Sarvodaya Nagar, Dolamandap Sahi, Balighat, Pokharia, Balia Panda/Harichandi, Puri. Earlier 03 Jio CoWs with 4G service are functioning at Collectorate, Medical square and railway station, Puri. One Vodafone CoW is radiating from Puri temple.

So in total 14 CoWs are functional in puri town. Out of 99 Telephone Exchanges in Khordha 93 Telephone Exchanges are working, while in Puri 31 telephone exchanges out of 41 have become functional. Out of 77 telephone exchanges in Cuttack 100% are functioning. Free SMS service is continuing today.

Banking Services

Odisha State Co-operative bank has provided 12 number of mobile ATMs to different District Co-operative Banks of Puri district. These mobile ATMs are functioning since 10th May 2019 in 6 places of Puri town and other places like Gop, Konark and Nimapada. In total 4787 withdrawals amounting to Rs. 2.02 crore have been made by general public in the worst cyclone affected district Puri as on 15th May 2019.

Out of 222 bank branches in Puri district 180 are functioning which is 81.08%.Similarly out of 275 ATMs in Puri 75 are made functional, which is 27.27%. Out of 657 branches in Khurda 642 are functioning, which is 97.72%. Out of 1184 ATMs in the district 731 are functioning, which is 61.74%.

In Cuttack distict out of 394 branches 390 are made operational, which is 98.98%. Out of 574 ATMs 387 are functioning normally in the district which is 67.42%.

96.34% of bank branches in Jagatsinghpur district are functional as on today, ie. Oout of 164 branches 158 are functioning.Out of 189 ATMs 134 are functioning in Jagatsinghpur, which is 70.90%. In Ganjam district out of 429 branches 427 are made operational, which is 99.53%. Out of 522 ATMs 510 are functioning normally in the district which is 97.70%.

In Kendrapara district out of 138 branches all 138 are made operational, which is 100%. Out of 171 ATMs 137 are functioning normally in the district which is 80.12%.

Besides this, 7 banks have also placed the services of 13 numbers of mobile ATMs/Mobile vans for withdrawal of cash in different cyclone affected areas in Puri district (Odisha Gramya Bank-4, UCO Bank-3, ICICI Bank-2, Allahabad Bank-1, Andhra Bank-1, Bank of India-1, Axis Bank-1).

Relief Distribution

Distribution of relief materials is being carried on in all affected areas in full swing. A total nos. of 17,92,125 beneficiaries have already been paid cash component which is 91.7 % in Puri, 95 % in Jagatsinghpur, 95.5 % in Kendrapara, 96 % in Cuttack, 93.5 % in Khordha and 85 % in BMC areas and as such 94 % of beneficiaries have been covered in this component.

Similarly Rice component distribution has been 96.6% in Puri, 99% in Jagatsinghpur, 90.43 % Kendrapara, 97 % in Cuttack, 80% in Khordha and 50 % in BMC area. As on today a total Nos. of 4,64,391 beneficiaries out of 7,53,377 have been provided polythene or cash in lieu of polythene in Khordha, Bhubaneswar, Jagatsinghpur and Puri.

Skill Development & Technical Education

As on today 633 ITI trainees have visited 27,458 households in Bhubaneswar & Cuttack areas to help installation of electricity and water supply. 261 ITI trainees have visited 8681 household in Cuttack City in restoration work. The trainees will be deployed to Puri very soon.

Forest & Environment

Government has made a Resolution to simplify Timber Transit Permit for public for FANI affected trees from private plots. Owners have to apply to Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) for the same. After joint spot verification by Forest Officer in presence of owner and one independent witness in urban area or the ward member in rural area Timber Transit Permit can be issued by the DFO if there is not dispute.

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Sanjay Singh, Secretary, I&PR, Odisha

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Salini Pandit, Mission Director, NHM, Odisha