Relief, aid rushed to cyclone-hit Odisha, AP

A view of the destruction caused by Cyclone Fani after its landfall, in Puri on Friday. PTI photo

With cyclone Fani causing devastation in Odisha and parts of Andhra Pradesh, the Centre is rushing teams to the two states to restore basic services such as drinking water, electricity and telecom operations.

With flight operations suspended at Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata airports, the government is closely monitoring the situation.

The railways cancelled around 225 trains between Kolkata and Chennai. It is  assessing the damage and working on restoration of its assets. The railways also transported relief material to the storm-hit states free of cost. 

The Union Ministry of Power directed the nearby states to assist the cyclone-hit states in repair and restoration of electricity supply. Bhubaneshwar and Puri are facing a blackout and work is on to restore power supply.

Free SMS facility, including bulk SMS, have been extended by the service providers in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal. Preparations are on for immediate restoration of telecom services, the Union Home Ministry said in a statement.

In Andhra Pradesh, telecom networks will be fully functional by Saturday morning. In Odisha, specially in Bhubaneshwar and Puri, restoration work has begun.

Doctors on call

The Union Ministry of Drinking Water is procuring 200 water purification units, each with a capacity of 25 litres/hour, and chlorine tablets for Odisha. Eleven lakh pouches (250ml each) of water, a mobile water purification unit and 30 mobile toilets are also being sent to Odisha.

Quick response medical teams comprising specialist doctors have been kept ready in Delhi for deployment at short notice. The Ministry of Food Processing Industries is monitoring the stocks of packaged food items like packaged drinking water, biscuits, noodles and baby food.

All government organisations can despatch relief materials free of cost through railways.

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