Thursday, December 7, 2023

Cyclone Phailin kills four, CM orders relief measures

Ranchi: The state government has ordered for a relief campaign for the victims of the cyclonic storm Phailin which has reportedly cost four lives in Jharkhand.

Chief Minister Hemant Soren today held a review on the current situation in the aftermath of the natural calamity that hit several parts of Jharkhand and its neighbouring states in the last couple of days. He sought reports of current status of various districts affected by the cyclone.

“We are taking every possible step to ensure that the people affected by the cyclone are attended at the earliest
and provided relief. All departments have been put on alert and asked to help the cyclone victims,” the CM said.

The meeting was attended by the finance minister Rajendra Prasad Singh and the crisis management minister Mannan
Mallick along with other ministers and bureaucrats.

The CM said the reports so far put the death toll at four in the state.Three of the four people died of electrocution while died as a house collapsed.

The CM said one person died in each of the districts of Giridh, Khunti, Dhanbad and Bokaro. He said more than a hundred transformers across the state had been badly hit and destroyed in the aftermath of the cyclonic storm.

He said around 50 transformers had been repaired so far. The electricity supply will resume normally in a week, he said. The CM said the crisis management department had directed all the districts to pull up their socks and run a relief campaign.

He said the state was normal barring a few sporadic incidents. The agriculture department had issued caution among 12,000 people across the state through SMS alert against cyclone Phailin. The NDRF teams had been deployed in Dhanbad and Kolhan. Soren said around 7000 people were taken to safer places during the natural calamity.

The CM said the districts had been asked to run the relief campaigns in an efficient manner and without any further
delay. The health department has been asked to make available all emergency and basic drugs to the villagers and
other people.

Drugs for snakebites have also been made available to the districts, he said.

The CM said the level of dams and rivers in the state at present was normal. Special alert has been issued to the administrative authorities to keep an eye on the present situation, he said.

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