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Human efforts avert major disaster in Eastern India

Oct 14, 2013

Massive preparedness, speedy evacuation and almost accurate prediction of cyclone time and path helped avert a major tragedy cyclonic storm Phailin.

Joint efforts by India’s National Disaster Management Authority, the Met Department, the Centre and Andhra Pradesh and Odisha governments saved the country from a natural disaster which could have taken thousands of lives due to cyclonic storm Phailin. Massive preparedness, speedy evacuation and almost accurate prediction of cyclone time and path helped avert a major tragedy. Authorities say, the challenge before them is now to restore normalcy in the devastated areas. Massive damage has been reported to infrastructure, power and communication lines in the two states.

The Odisha government has announced food assistance packages for the families living in villages affected by cyclone Phailin. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, those residing in very severely affected villages will be given food assistance for 14 days, while those living in severely affected villages will get food assistance for 7 days.

The State Special Relief Commissioner has confirmed the death of 17 people in the cyclone and revised the number of persons evacuated to 9.15 lakh.

Meanwhile, cyclonic storm Phailin, which left a trail of devastation in Odisha, weakened into a deep depression. Even though the system has weakened, the Met Department has advised fishermen not to venture into sea.

In Andhra Pradesh, relief works are underway in full swing to restore the damaged electricity feeder lines and roads in the Cyclone hit Srikakulam district. The Army and the National Disaster Response teams have already restored about 200 damaged electricity lines yesterday. State Revenue Minister Raghuveera Reddy said that the electricity restoration to the entire district will be completed by this afternoon. About 500 electricity feeder lines and transmittors were damaged due to the Cyclonic storm Phailin.

Huge crop damages have been reported while the enumeration of crop losses and house damages will be taken up today onwards.

Meanwhile, the state Government has announced setting up of a State Disaster Response Force with thousand forces initially to deal with the challenges of natural disasters on the lines of the National Disaster Response Force.

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