Natural Disasters

Bulbul damages crops, houses, electricity and water connections in Odisha

Though no death has been reported in the state, damage to property has been immense

By Priya Ranjan Sahu
Published: Monday 11 November 2019

Around three lakh hectares of crops, including horticulture ones have been affected by Cyclone Bulbul in Odisha, according to a November 10 preliminary situation report by the Odisha government.

Out of the total affected crop areas, two lakh hectares suffered crop loss to the extent of 33 per cent and above. The detailed inquiry of crop damage by joint teams of agriculture and revenue departments will be compiled within a week.

The report said five districts including Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj have been mostly affected due to Cyclone Bulbul, which caused heavy rain while moving towards West Bengal and Bangladesh.  

At least 8,218 persons were evacuated in the five districts and placed in 91 shelters. All of them have returned to their homes.

According to initial reports, about 5,500 houses have been damaged due to the cyclone in the districts. A detailed assessment of house damage will be completed within a week, the state special relief commissioner said.

At least 653 piped water supply (PWS) systems suffered breakdown in Bhadrak, Balasore and Kendrapara due to electricity disruption. Out of them, 174 PWSs have been restored after electricity restoration.

Besides, 45 PWSs have been operationalised through genset. Drinking water is being supplied in the remaining affected areas through water tankers / plastic tanks. Remaining PWSs are expected to be restored by November 12.

The report said out of a total 16 lakh consumers affected due to the cyclone in Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Jajpur, electricity supply has since been restored to 15 lakh consumers (94 per cent). Electricity supply was expected to be restored completed by November 12.

There has been no report of any death so far in Odisha.

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