Bhubaneswar: The super cyclonic storm Amphan that did landfall at Sundarban yesterday evening caused widespread damage to both Odisha and West Bengal. It caused severe damage to the districts of Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jajpur and Mayurbhanj of Odisha. Several trees were uprooted, electric & telecommunication infrastructure, standing crops and several kaccha houses got severe damage. It is reported that one minor died in Bhadrak district of Odisha while 12 lives were lost in West Bengal, where it made landfall. The official figures are yet to come in regarding the exact extent of the damage.
Just after Indian Meteorological Department warned, the Odisha Government began its cyclone preparations which include evacuation, movement of people in low-lying areas and kaccha houses to cyclone shelters and deployment of ODRAF, NDRF teams. As many as two lakh people were evacuated from their homes and placed safely in different shelters during the cyclone.
The latest reports suggest that restoration and repair works have been going in full swing and the electrical connection of 80% of the affected areas will be restored by the end of the day. A total of 36 teams of NDRF and ODRAF along with 100 teams of OFDC have been engaged in the coastal districts and are doing all that they can to bring back normalcy in the State. A total of 210 medical teams and 75 teams of veterinary doctors have been dispatched to the affected areas in the State. However, Collectors have been asked to assess damages caused by Cyclone Amphan.