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Fani toll put at 7; Odisha struggles to restore basic amenities

The Special Relief Commissioner’s office, Odisha, on Sunday confirmed seven deaths after cyclone Fani struck the State even as the government struggled to restore basic services such as power, water supplies and mobile connectivity. Information about death and destruction was pouring in from Puri and Khordha districts.

More than 200 people were injured and admitted to hospitals in the two severely affected districts.

About 30 lakh electricity consumers had been affected with 19 132 KV and two 400 KV towers, 200 33 KV poles and 10,000 transformers suffering damage.

As a result, electricity couldn’t be restored even 48 hours after the cyclone hit the State. All parts of the two districts remained without power.

Only BSNL has restored connectivity in some parts of the affected area.

The government said 5,244 primary school buildings and 547 secondary school buildings had been damaged due to the cyclone.

Source: thehindu.com

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