Cyclone Amphan leaves trail of destruction in coastal Odisha, damage report in 48 hrs

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Bhubaneswar: Cyclone Amphan has left a trail of destruction in several coastal districts of Odisha including reports of two deaths from Bhadrak and Kendrapara districts, informed Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), Pradeep Jena, on Wednesday.

“We have received reports of death of a child in Tihidi of Bhadrak district. The Collector has sent a team comprising of tehsildar, medical and police officials. The body has been brought for post mortem, following which the cause of death can be confirmed,” said the SRC.

Besides, a 67-year old person has died in Satabhaya area of Kendrapara district. An inquiry has been ordered into the incident, he added.

Cyclone AmphanThe SRC said as per preliminary reports received from districts, several trees have been uprooted while electric infrastructure suffered damage due to cyclone. The telecom towers also received minor damage due to cyclone.

A total of 36 teams of NDRF and ODRAF have been engaged in the coastal districts and they have been engaged in road clearing activities along with 100 teams of OFDC. As many as 1,48,486 people have been evacuated and shifted to 2921 cyclone shelters, said Jena.

Cyclone Amphan impact on Odisha has subsided now. The pre-positioned teams are engaged in cutting uprooted trees and clearing roads in affected districts, the Odisha SRC said adding that efforts are on to restore power connections soon.

The Collectors of the affected districts have been asked to submit Cyclone Amphan damage assessment report within 48 hours. The primary report will be submitted within 48 hours following which the authorities have to submit a final report, Special Relief Commissioner further informed.

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