Calamities hit 25.5 lakh people in Ganjam
By Express News Service | Published: 31st October 2013 12:28 PM |
The cyclone and flood affected as many as 25.5 lakh people in Ganjam district - 3.5 lakh during Phailin and 22 lakh in the flood.
According to reports of the district administration, the cyclone claimed 13 lives while four died in the flood taking the total death toll to 17. Around 1,64,629 houses and 65,371 cowsheds were damaged in cyclone. Similarly, 1,79,205 houses and 32,550 cowsheds were damaged in the flood. This apart, crops in 2,93,900 hectares (ha) were destroyed by Phailin while floods washed away crops in 51,566 ha. The district administration has estimated the total crop loss at 3,45,466 ha. Fisheries sector also sustained heavy loss as many fishermen were affected and their boats and fishing nets damaged.
“If everything goes fine, power restoration in Ganjam would be completed by Friday,” said SOUTHCO Managing Director PK Choudhary. He said of around 5.42 lakh consumers in the district, power has been restored to around 2.10 lakh households so far. “As restoration works is on power will be restored by Friday,” he said.
Southco Superintendent Engineer Lenka Prasad said of around 83,000 consumer households in Berhampur city, power was restored to 78,000 households by Wednesday. “Frequent power cuts problem will be gradually solved,” he added.