Sandeep Sahu speaks to special relief commissioner Bishnupada Sethi
How long will it take for normality to be restored fully in areas devastated by the cyclone?
Given the scale of devastation, full restoration will take a long time. Restoration of livelihoods, in particular, is a long-term process. The fishermen who have lost their boats and nets have to begin from scratch. And it will be some time before coconut and betel vine growers rebuild their lives. But we would be able to complete all short-term restoration work, including restoration of power, road and telecom infrastructure, rebuilding of houses and son on, in a year’s time.
In the absence of power, drinking water is a big problem in many areas in Puri.
From day one, we used generators to pump water from tubewells. We did ration water supply in the first few days and people cooperated by storing water in overhead tanks. So, there is no water problem nor any sanitation issues...