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May 04, 2019

Cabinet Secy reviews rescue & relief measures in cyclone hit areas of Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh

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Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha  has reviewed rescue and relief measures in the cyclone affected areas of Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh today.

A official release said he directed the officers of Central Ministries and Agencies to remain in close touch with Odisha government and provide all required assistance expeditiously.
The release said Railways and Civil Aviation Ministries have made arrangements for free transportation of relief material to the cyclone affected areas. 

Enough supplies of food, medicines, drinking water and other essential items have been kept ready to be airlifted as per the requirements projected by the states. 

The Railways, which suffered major damages to its infrastructure, have cleared the mainline and would partially restore train services by today.

No damages to ports and refinery installations were reported. NDRF has moved 16 additional teams for rescue and relief work in Odisha and has cleared most of the roads.
Ministry of Power and Department of Telecommunications have been asked to immediately assist Odisha government to quickly restore  power supply.

The transmission line supplying power to Bhubaneswar is expected to be restored by today. Department of Telecommunications indicated that mobile services would be restored partially by today.
The release said Odisha reported extensive damage to telecommunications and power infrastructure in Puri, Bhubaneswar and other areas.

However, due to precautionary measures and large scale evacuation, the loss of human lives was minimal. West Bengal reported mild impact of the cyclone.

Andhra Pradesh informed about heavy rainfall and some damage to crops and roads in Srikakulam district.

On the advice of Odisha Government the Health Ministry has decided to postpone the NEET exam in the state scheduled for tomorrow.

Public health experts are being sent to assist the state government in preventing outbreak of any epidemic.

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