Cyclone Fani: Restoration work underway; PM Modi to visit Odisha on Monday



Two days after cyclone Fani hit Odisha, rescue and relief operations is underway in the coastal state. At least 16 people have been killed by the storm, and 63 others ere reportedly injured. Cyclone fani, which was accompanied by winds gusting up to 200 km\/ hr, has led to disruptions in power, telecommunications and railways. Authorities are trying to assess the extent of the damage caused by the natural calamity across 10,000 villages and urban areas. The worst affected districts are Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Nayagarh, Balasore, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Puri, Khurda and Bhadrak. Flight operations from Kolkata and Bhubaneshwar airports resumed on Saturday. Indian Railways is also likely to resume all train services from Bhubaneshwar today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to visit the affected areas on Monday. The PM has assured Odisha of all necessary assistance from the centre. More than 2,000 personnel comprising of NDRF, Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and several civil society organisation along with Indian Coast Guard, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are engaged in restoration work. The Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy have deployed ships and helicopters to conduct search operations. In a tweet, the Indian Coast Guard said, While 02 @CoastGuard Ships and 01 Helicopter deployed off #Odisha Coast continue to look for marooned fishing boats at sea if any #Haldia dock reports operational normal as of now. While 02 @CoastGuard Ships and 01 Helicopter deployed off #Odisha Coast continue to look for marooned fishing boats at sea if any #Haldia dock reports operational normal as of now @DefenceMinIndia @SpokespersonMoD @indiannavy @PIB_India @MIB_India @PTI_News pic.twitter.com\/c42nMt2Adn twitter.com\/yiRJPo4TjW In Andhra Pradesh, the cyclonic storm caused damage to the tune of Rs 58.61 crore. About 212 mobile towers have been damaged in the storm. Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu has urged the industry chambers to organise relief operations for the affected areas. Thankful to the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for responding to my appeal and #Grateful that they have started organising possible #relief operations to #CycloneFani hit areas in #Odisha . @FollowCII