Bhubaneswar, May 19: The Puri district in Odisha, which has been the worst-hit by Cyclone Fani, is yet to get power connectivity and basic facilities like telecom, water among others. The cyclone that made a landfall on the Odisha coast on May 3 had caused havoc in several districts of the state by uprooted trees and damaging thousands of houses. As part of the restoration measures and to ensure the health, hygiene and dignity of women and girls in this critical period, the Odisha government is distributing free sanitary napkins to all households in Puri. This facility will continue in the district for the next two months until normalcy returns completely in the cyclone-ravaged district. Cyclone Fani Meaning Explained.
According to IANS, the Odisha government said that over 24 lakh sanitary napkins have been provisioned for free supply in the district. An official statement said that the Department of Health and Family Welfare took a number of post-cyclone measures such as ensuring health services through Medical Relief Centres, disinfection of village water sources, distribution of halogen tablets to households for safe drinking water and steps for preventing diarrheal and any outbreaks of other diseases. Fani Strongest Cyclone to Hit India Since 1999: Skymet.
The death toll in Odisha due to cyclone Fani has now been put at 64. Of the 64 deaths, 25 died due wall collapse while 20 were crushed by uprooting trees, electic poles and hoardings, said a report of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC). Puri district, which was the worst hit after the cyclone made landfall on May 3, accounted for 39 deaths, said Information and Public Relations Secretary Sanjay Kumar Singh.