Central team in Odisha to assess damage by cyclone Fani


An inter-ministerial Central team is in Odisha to assess the damage caused by Cyclone Fani that hit 14 districts of the State on May 3 leaving 64 dead.

The team led by Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs Vivek Bharadwaj discussed with the Chief Secretary and special relief commissioner this morning in Bhubaneswar briefly about the ongoing relief and restoration work.

After winding up its visit on 15th, the team will hold another round of meeting with senior state government officials before leaving for Delhi.

Similarly, another team led by the power secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla along with Additional Telecom Secretary Ansu Prakash also discussed with the chief secretary about the progress of power and telecom restoration work carried out in cyclone-affected areas.

After the meeting, Mr. Ansu Prakash said 80 per cent of the telecom infrastructure has been destroyed in the cyclone-affected Puri.

Regarding restoring the power supply in Puri and Bhubaneswar, the power secretary said the work is going on a top priority basis.

However, he said it is difficult to set the deadline for fully restoring the power supply in these areas. The teams will submit the report to the Centre on the damage caused by the cyclone Fani.

Meanwhile, the banking services in Puri started offline from today without internet and train services fully normalised in Puri. (AIR NEWS)