Adequate steps have been taken to avoid the outbreak of any epidemic in the aftermath of cyclone 'Fani', the Odisha government claimed on Friday. According to an official statement, reports about the outbreak of cholera in a section of media are completely baseless.
"There is no report of any disease outbreak from any parts of the cyclone-affected 14 districts," the statement said.
Though there have been sporadic reports of diarrhea cases in Puri and other districts, none of them have taken the form of an epidemic, a health official said, adding that teams have been deployed in all the affected areas to look after health issues.
Meanwhile, Health and Family Welfare Secretary PK Meherda has visited the cyclone-affected areas and ensured sufficient stock of essential medicines made available at all health care centres, another official said.
He said National Health Mission (NHM) Director Shalini Pandit is also in continuous touch with the field staff and mobile health units operating in the zone.
At least 89,091 open water sources have been disinfected and 60 samples tested for dengue gave negative results, the official said.
The power supply in Puri district has still not been restored in majority of the households ever since the cyclone wreaked havoc in the state.
Moreover, hot and humid weather has compounded the woes of the people.
Of the 1,58,805 consumers of electricity in the district, the power supply has been restored in 4,800 households, the official said. In Nimapada block of the district, only 840 households, out of 1,22,549 have been provided electricity, he said.
However, there was no information about other blocks of Puri district like Brahmagiri, Astarang, Chandanpur, Delang, Gadisagada, Kakatpur, Konartk, Krushnaprasad, Pipili, Ramachandi and Satyabadi, he added.
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Intense heat wave continues in Odisha
The state continues to reel under intense heat wave with 10 places recording over 40 degree Celsius on Friday.
The Western Odisha town Titlagarh recorded maximum temperature of 45.5 degree Celsius while Bolangir boiled at 44.6 degree Celsius followed by Sonepur (44), Sambalpur (44.3) and Jharsuguda (43.2).
Jharsuguda recorded 43.2 degree Celsius while Hirakud boiled at 42.4 degree and Sundargarh at 41.5 degree.
The capital city Bhubaneswar sizzled at 37.4 degree Celsius while Cuttack registered 37 degree Celsius.
The met department said the rising temperature will continue for another couple of days in the state.
Meanwhile, the met department predicted thunderstorm with lightning at one or two places over the districts of Koraput, Malkangiri, Gajapati, Ganjam, Mayurbhanj and Balasore.