Three days on, no water and electricity, offices remain shut
Normal life is in disarray in this worst-cyclone affected district of Odisha, with electricity supply yet to be restored and banks and other public offices remaining shut three days after the deadly storm. Electric poles and mobile towers had fallen in the strong cyclonic winds on Saturday night, snapping power supply as well as internet and telephone lines. Long queues are being witnessed at petrol pumps which have resumed partial services since last evening. ‘There is absolutely no electricity for the last four days. The inverters are not working and there is no easy availability of diesel to run generator sets,’ Pramod Jena, a local resident, said. Even water from municipal corporation pipelines cannot be pumped and stored overhead as there is no electricity, he said. District collector Krishan Kumar said that work is on ‘full swing’ to repair power lines and operationalise sub-stations.