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Cyclone ‘FANI’ live updates from Odisha’s Puri and Bhubaneswar

Cyclone Fani unleashed heavy rain and windstorm with wind speed up to 175 kmph, killing at least eight people in Odisha, blowing away thatched houses and swamping towns and villages. The extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani made landfall around 8 am in Puri, Odisha.

The severe cyclonic storm Fani now entered West Bengal at 12.30 am through Odisha’s Balasore. It crossed Kharagpur packing wind speed of 70-80 kmph, gusting to 90 kmph.

In Puri district, it has caused extensive damages to all kutcha houses. Structures of temporary street vendors have been completely damaged. 160 nos. of people have been injured and admitted to hospital for treatment. Special Circuit House Puri, Office and Residence of SP and Collector have been badly damaged like many other buildings.

Considering the serious disruption of electricity supply, road communication, telephone and mobile connectivity, additional support has been rushed for immediate restoration. Additional teams for road clearance, police for Law and Order, dry food such as Chuda and Gud. and additional requirement of polythene being mobilized to the district.

Huge numbers of trees have been uprooted resulting in disruption of road communication. Khordha and Bhubaneswar city have been severely affected.

In Bhubaneswar, 3 persons have been injured and hospitalized.

Power supply snapped due to uprooting of electricity poles, damage to substations and KV lines.

Extensive damage has been occurred to transmission lines and other electrical infrastructures.

Telecom towers have been affected resulting in cellular and telephone network down in wide area. All telephone and cell phones are down in Puri district. Telephone and mobile connectivity has also been severely affected in Khordha including Bhubaneswar city.

As ascertained from the Director, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, there is no major damage to the infrastructure of AIIMS, Bhubaneswar. Some damages have occurred to semi pucca installations like sheds, AC outer units. Electricity has been snapped and telephone lines are down. Hospital is working on generotor and functioning. There is no report of any injury to patient, attendant, doctor or staff. Restoration work for power supply, telecom network will be carried out on priority.

Road communication in Ganjam and Gajapati completely restored. Road clearance and restoration works in other districts including Bhubaneswar city is going on.

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