Cyclone Fani impact: NASA images show how Bhubaneswar plunged into darkness after landfall

Cyclone Fani: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has released before and after images of Bhubaneswar, revealing the scale of impact and the task ahead after the worst cyclonic storm hit Odisha on May 5. The images The US space agency has put out the images of Professors Colony in Cuttack and Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar. Both the images show stark differences at both the places before and after the storm wreaked havoc in he state. The storm destroyed several transmission towers and uprooted as many as 156,000 utility poles that must re-installed, NASA writes in a statement. Earlier this month, Cyclone Fani with winds over 200 kilometers per hour struck the eastern state of Odisha. The storm caused massive destruction of houses, telecommunications and power infrastructure in coastal cities such as Bhubaneswar, Puri, Cuttack, and Khurda. At least 30 people died and millions were left homeless. Even after a week, lakhs of people were still living without electricity in the storm hit-areas. Power outages in #Bhubaneswar and #Cuttack after Cyclone #Fani. #NASA #India\/fA4raahpyb The Cabinet secretary directed the Ministry of Power to immediately help the state government by providing electrical poles, gang workmen and diesel generator sets for quick restoration of power supply. Odisha Chief Secretary A P Padhi on Wednesday informed the cabinet secretary that power and telecom services were gradually picking up in Puri district and Bhubaneswar. He also said that landline and mobile phone services had started improving. Reports suggest that the state machinery was expecting to fully restore power supply in Bhubaneswar by May 12.