Bhubaneswar, 2/6 (AO Bureau):Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik this evening reviewed the damage and recovery program of Cyclone Yaas through video conferencing and collected the information on various measures taken by the government during the Cyclone and suggested better documentation.
The Chief Minister said that various concerned departments of the state government and the district administration had made remarkable speeches during the storm and protected the lives of the people. Restoration work has also been completed in a very short time after the storm. The Chief Minister congratulated everyone and spoke about the need to document all the work. “Documenting the preparation, relocation and subsequent restoration work of the storm landfall in the future will help us in the management of the storm in the coming days,” he said.
Informing the meeting, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said a total of 150 villages were submerged in the storm. The crop was also damaged due to sea salt water, he said. In the aftermath of the storm, 1,000 DG sets, tanks and PVC tanks were deployed to provide electricity and drinking water to the people.
Mr. P.K. of the Special Relief Commission. Informing about the damage and recovery of the storm, Jenna said that as per the instructions of the Chief Minister, the administration had achieved zero casualties and was largely successful. He said 4 million people in 11,000 villages were affected. The storm damaged government infrastructure worth Rs 520 crore and personal assets worth Rs 80 crore. The total loss is Rs 710 crore. He said Rs 4 crore was needed for the relief.
Highlighting the damage caused by the Department of Agriculture, Mr. Jena of the Special Relief Commission said that salt water flooding in coastal-affected districts has created problems for the upcoming kharif crop. Scientists from the Odisha School of Agriculture and Technology and the Central Rice Research Center have been asked to study the effects. “These scientists are currently in the affected areas and are investigating the situation and reports will be forthcoming soon,” he said.
The departmental secretaries informed them of the steps taken by their department. According to the Department of Energy, 3 million consumers have been affected, and 4.6 percent of them have been electrocuted so far. It has been reported that 230 transformers will be replaced to date. The damage to the energy department was estimated at Rs 150 crore.
The Panchayati Raj Department was informed that the supply of drinking water continued uninterrupted during and after the storm. Ten mobile water treatment plants were installed in the affected areas. It was reported to be a unique initiative across India. As of May 31, all water wells and piped water projects had been cleaned. The damage to various primary schools and Anganwadi Centers, Panchayat Road, was Rs 28 crore.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development said 56 roads in six urban areas, including road lighting, a bridge, were damaged. Drinking water was reported to be available in all places except Basudebpur within 24 hours.
Similarly, the Department of Water Resources reported on river dams and road injuries at various places. The total loss is Rs 104 crore.
Similarly, the Department of Public Works informed that the roads were cleared of trees and the blockade was immediately lifted. Twenty-six damaged roads have been repaired. The damage was estimated at Rs 75 crore. The Department of Rural Development has estimated the damage at Rs 80 crore.
During the meeting, the district governors of Baleshwar, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj and Kendrapara districts focused on the needs of their districts.