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May 05, 2019

PM Modi assures all support to cyclone Fani-affected Odisha

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured of continuous support from the Centre to cyclone Fani-affected Odisha. Mr Modi spoke to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The Prime Minister will visit the state tomorrow to take stock of the situation.
Meanwhile, relief and restoration works in the affected areas are continuing in full swing. Food packets are being distributed in and around Puri by Indian Navy helicopters. Community Kitchens have also been set up to ensure constant supply of food to affected people.
The Indian Air Force is also engaged in relief work with two of its aircraft deployed for Bhubaneswar with medical supplies. Teams of National Disaster Response Force, NDRF, are at work in several affected areas including Kendrapara, Cuttack and Jajpur. They are engaged in clearing uprooted trees lying on the roads post Fani and also distributing medicines. Restoration work on affected telecom services is also on.
Flight operations at Bhubaneswar airport resumed yesterday and many stranded passengers were sent to Delhi by a special plane.  The Gopalpur Port also resumed operations.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said, houses completely damaged in Cyclone Fani will be constructed under housing schemes. He said, loss of agricultural, horticultural crops, animal resources and fisheries will be assessed and compensated accordingly. The Chief Minister said, tree plantations will be taken up in mission mode soon after relief and restoration.

As per a government estimate, around 10 lakh trees were uprooted in Bhubaneswar alone. Six village forests in Bhubaneswar area have been completely devastated under the impact of Fani. Mr Patnaik said, 15 days cooked food will be given to the people in Puri.

Meanwhile, Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar resumed its operation this morning. Train services are gradually becoming normal. The NEET examination scheduled for today in Bhubaneswar has been canceled. Water and power supply is severely affected in Puri, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.

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