The death toll due to cyclone 'Fani' rose to 35 in Odisha on Monday, as lakhs of people still grapple with water shortage and snapped power supply, three days after the storm barrelled through the coastal parts of the state, an official said.
While a maximum of 21 people died in Puri, four deaths each were reported from Mayurbhanj and Jajpur, and three each in Cuttack and Kendrapara, Sethi said, adding at least 160 people were admitted to hospitals in Puri district with injuries.
Unable to get water, and as their miseries compounded with each passing day, groups of angry residents hit the streets at several places in the state capital.
With the 'Fani' severely damaging the power infrastructure, a host of key sectors including banking service have virtually came to a halt with long queues witnessed outside ATMs and petrol pumps, while patient care in hospitals and works in private and government offices remained paralysed.
Among the worst hit are students from other states as they are unable to purchase essentials including food due to a cash crunch.
Energy Secretary Hemant Sharma, who had earlier claimed that power supply would be restored in most areas of Bhubaneswar soon, said at least 10,000 manpower are required for quick restoration work, but the government at present only has 1,000 men at its disposal.
Under attack from many quarters facing allegation of tardy pace of restoration work, particularly in the worst affected Puri and Khurda districts and 'moderately' hit Kendrapara, the state government on Monday revamped the administration in these districts by replacing the collectors with new officers.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an aerial survey of the worst-hit Puri district and adjoining areas and announced Rs 1,000 crore financial assistance for immediate relief and restoration works.
The Centre will also provide Rs 2 lakh for the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those injured in the storm.
While Rs 10,000 crore was sought for disaster-proof energy infrastructure in coastal areas, Rs 7,000 crore is required for construction of houses damaged by the cyclone.
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