Cyclone Phailin: Rescue and relief operations in full swing

Updated: October 13, 2013 21:53 IST
With the intensity of Cyclone Phailin subsiding, rescue and relief operations began in full swing in coastal belt of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
Cyclone Phailin: Rescue and relief operations in full swing
With the intensity of Cyclone Phailin subsiding, steps to restore snapped communication lines, power transmission and rebuild damaged infrastructure in coastal belt of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh started today.
Cyclone Phailin: Rescue and relief operations in full swing
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is personally monitoring the situation and has directed central agencies to extend "full support" to the state governments in restoring normalcy in the aftermath of the cyclone, official sources said.
Cyclone Phailin: Rescue and relief operations in full swing
Cabinet Secretary Ajith Seth today chaired a meeting of the Crisis Management Group to assess the damage and coordinate rescue and relief efforts.
Cyclone Phailin: Rescue and relief operations in full swing
"The loss of life has been absolutely minimal which is a welcome development," a senior Government functionary said.
Cyclone Phailin: Rescue and relief operations in full swing
12 columns of Army comprising nearly 600 personnel are involved in clearing roads, while officials from the telecom and railway ministries are making all out efforts to restore railway traffic and communication networks.
Cyclone Phailin: Rescue and relief operations in full swing
Officials from the powergrid NTPC and NHPC are helping the state governments in restoring power supply.
Cyclone Phailin: Rescue and relief operations in full swing
There has been no damage to high tension wires and power generation units and the damage has been limited to local power distribution network.
Cyclone Phailin: Rescue and relief operations in full swing
In Odisha, 7,500 telephone towers have been damaged while in Andhra Pradesh the figure stood at 205.
Cyclone Phailin: Rescue and relief operations in full swing
Sources said most of the telephone towers will be restored in the next 48 hours and various telecom operators are sharing their infrastructure to provide mobile network to the subscribers.

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