04 December, 2020

After Fani Devastation, Little Relief For Puri As Odisha Government Struggles To Restore Power, Water Supply

Cyclone Fani continues to haunt Puri division. After enduring most of the summer without power, many villagers are bracing for the rains without a proper roof on their heads.

Scarred By The Storm
A power transmitter awaits repairs
Photograph by Biswaranjan Mishra
After Fani Devastation, Little Relief For Puri As Odisha Government Struggles To Restore Power, Water Supply
outlookindia.com
2019-06-21T13:50:09+05:30

A month and a half after Cyclone Fani pounded the Puri coast on May 3, 15 families are still living in the primary school at Nirmala village near Pipli. Their thatched houses, blown away in the cyclone, are yet to be reb­uilt. “We don’t know where to go once the school reopens after the vac­ation,” says one of them. Nirmala is just one of the scores of villages in Brahmagiri, Nimapara, Balanga, Satyabadi and Konark areas of Puri district, where the residents, having alr­eady endured most of the summer without power, are now bracing for the rains without a proper roof on their heads. While restoration of livelihoods does take a long time, here restoration of something as essential as power is taking too long. Even parts of Puri town, the district headquarters, were yet to get power back even as late as June 18.

“Of the three sub-stations in our area, two have been repaired and work is in progress on the third,” says Bhima Rao, a resident of Penthakata basti in Puri. “We have been told that we shall get power by tonight.”...

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