09 May 2019
Bhubaneswar: As tropical Cyclone Fani tore through the state of Odisha with winds more than 200 kilometers per hour on the morning of May 3, it left behind a trail of destruction in Puri, Khurda and Bhubaneswar.
In terms of electricity, 5 Nos. 400 KV towers, 27 Nos. of 220 KV towers, 21 Nos. 130 KV towers have been damaged in the cyclone. 4 numbers of 220 KV Grids at Chandaka, Bidanasi, Samagra, Mendhasala and 4 numbers of 132 KV Grid at Puri, Nimapada, Mancheswar and Ransinghpur have been damaged.
5030 Kms. of 33 KV lines, 38613 Kms. of 11 KV lines, 11077 nos. of distribution transformers, and 79485 Kms. of LT lines damaged.
Following this, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack have been left in darkness. Around 3.5 million households have been left without electric power for days after the storm hit. NASA shared before and after pictures and the scene has left people stunned.
"The images on this page are data visualizations of where the lights went out across some of the worst affected areas in Odisha. The images show city lighting on April 30 (before the storm) and on May 5, 2019, two days after Fani made landfall. The storm destroyed several transmission towers and uprooted as many as 156,000 utility poles that must re-installed," NASA's Earth Observatory stated.
The images show Bhubaneswar, the capital and largest city in the state, and silver city Cuttack.
"These images were made from data acquired by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite(VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite including reflected moonlight, light from fires and oil wells, lightning, and emissions from cities or other human activity," NASA concluded.