Cyclone Fani took Naveen Patnaik's Odisha government and the common man by surprise. A state that took pride in disaster management was found wanting as basic necessities like power, water and polythene were hard to get
Evacuation was successful, but Bhubaneswar and large swathes of the state continue to be without electricity and water even five days after Cyclone Fani battered Odisha. Has the Naveen Patnaik government done enough?
In an age where people stuck in their ways and traditions are holding the world back by refusing to acknowledge changing climate and social norms, this was a refreshing instance of using an age-old tradition to move the world forward.
'Only 1,51,889 out of 2,91,171 affected consumers (52%) have got electricity in Puri district within a month,' the official said, adding that water supply in both urban and rural areas has already been restored.
Manas Ranjan Mishra, a member of the ‘Civil Society Responds to Fani (CSRF), said the affected people, who don't have rations cards, haven't received any aid, despite government's commitment to offer everyone Rs 2,000 and 50 kg rice.
Lights were also back on the entire 3-km long Bada Danda (Grand Road) from the Jagannath temple gates to the Gundicha temple, the palace of the Gajapati King and the district hospitals, all on the Grand Road.