New Delhi: Over 25 lakh families in Odisha are still without electricity as Cyclone Fani destroyed power infrastructure across coastal districts in the state.
Odisha power secretary Hemant Sharma told reporters in Bhubaneswar that scores of electricity towers were destroyed on Friday. He said, several 33kv and 11 kv power stations have got damaged and it will take several days to rebuild it entirely.
Sharma said hospitals , airports and rail stations will be provided electricity on a priority. While parts of capital city Bhubaneswar and Cuttack will get Electricity by this evening, the rest of districts may have to manage without electricity for next 24 to 48 hours.
The temple district of Puri, which saw the landfall of extremely severe cyclone Fani has been battered and will take several days to be restored, power secretary said.
He said some 2000 people are already on job to restore power connectivity and build the towers but 3000 more officials will be pressed over next 24 hours to expedite the job once things improves a bit .
He said chief minister Naveen Patnaik has already spoken to Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and he is sending some people and equipments to expedite the operation. Power Grid Corporate too have been informed for help, Sharma said.
Cyclone Fani made wrecked havoc in Odisha after making landfall in the morning and destroyed infrastructures, damaged houses shops and and farm lands. Though a prepared state managed to keep human casualty to the minimum. Some eight people have died so far but the number may go up once sitauation is assessed well over next 48 hours. The cyclone crossed Odisha to West Bengal late night after weakening significantly. But parts of Odisha and Bengal are receiving moderate to heavy rainfalls Saturday.