Rescue and relief operations were stepped up on Wednesday in tornado-ravaged areas of Orissa’s Kendrapara district where the devastating calamity claimed at least 10 lives and left over 150 injured.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik and BJP leader L K Advani visited the affected villages under Rajkanika block,about 15 km from the sea coast.
After visiting the villages,Patnaik,put the toll at 10 although Kendrapara additional superintendent of police Kumarmani Meher had said yesterday that 12 bodies were found.
The administration feared that more bodies might have been trapped underneath the collapsed houses.
The body of one Narayan Pradhan alias Hada was recovered from a collapsed house at Bagabada village,Ashok Panda,a local youth activist,claimed.
Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) A K Meena who was camping in the affected area since last night said rescue operation was on in full swing.
The tornado damaged more than 300 houses,uprooted a large number of trees and toppled electric poles during its ten-minute spell of fury in eleven villages under five gram panchayats on Tuesday. Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams have cleared the roads blocked by uprooted trees,collapsed houses and electric poles,Meena said.
The affected people would be provided relief for at least seven days,Meena said,adding the administration had organised free kitchens in all the affected villages.
Besides dry food,the people were also given polythene tents as their houses were completely damaged.