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Work to restore damaged infrastructure starts

With the subsiding of Cyclone Phailin, steps to restore snapped communication lines, power transmission and rebuild damaged infrastructure in coastal belt of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh started on Sunday.

Official sources said here that 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.

Cabinet secretary Ajith Seth on Sunday chaired a meeting of the Crisis Management Group to assess the damage and coordinate rescue and relief efforts.

Sources meanwhile have put the death toll at 14 with 13 deaths reported from Odisha and one from Andhra Pradesh. ‘The loss of life has been absolutely minimal which is a welcome development,’ a senior government functionary said.

Twelve 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.

Officials from the powergrid NTPC and NHPC are helping the state governments in restoring power supply.

There has been no damage to high tension wires and power generation units and the damage has been limited to local power distribution network.
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