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A Fortnight After FANI


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17 May 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das


Bhubaneswar: As Cyclone FANI barreled through the coastal belts of Odisha on May 3, it left behind a trail of destruction ripping apart the major infrastructure in over 14 districts. More than 1.5 crore people were affected, and entire districts stood without electricity and untold damage. The capital city Bhubaneswar had plunged into darkness, with its green cover uprooted, electric poles fallen down and connectivity hampered.

A fortnight after Cyclone FANI battered Odisha, take a look at how the capital city is now gaining momentum, picking up the pieces after the storm and inching towards normalcy.

Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA), where the Cyclone wreaked havoc, is slowly moving towards its former glory. Flight operations have begun under full swing from the Airport and travelers are packed in BPIA at all times. 14 days back, people were scared to travel amidst incessant rains and gusty winds.

Petrol pumps too had taken a huge toll in the aftermath of Cyclone FANI. Several dispensing units had broken and rooftops had been blown away. However, the damages have been repaired and these petrol pumps are now fully functioning.

The uprooted trees have been cleared and gloomy weather has been now replaced by prevalent heat wave. Hoardings that had been torn away have been replaced by new posters. The deserted roads are packed with vehicles and people, who are trying to move on with their lives. The eerie silence has been overtaken by screeching tyres and horns of bikes and cars.

Truly said, the Cyclone has damaged our State, but not our spirits.