Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government yesterday sought the Centre’s help in restoration power and telecom services in Puri and Khurda districts, worst hit by cyclone ‘Fani’, due to shortage of skilled manpower.
The state has to install as many as 1.56 lakh electric poles.
According to an official, the toll in the cyclone, which hit the state on May 3, rose to 37 onMay 7 with two more death reported in Cuttack district as the struggle to restore power, drinking water and telecom infrastructure continued.
While 21 people had perished in Puri district, Cuttack reported five deaths followed by four cases each from Jajpur and Mayurbhanj districts. Kendrapara district reported three deaths, Special relief commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi said.