Amid the ongoing pandemic, tropical cyclone ‘YAAS’ devastated the country’s eastern coasts on Wednesday 26.05.21, dumping heavy rains, damaging homes, farmland and the power grid. TPCODL prepared the Disaster Management Plan (DMP) well in advance to mitigate risks based on lessons learned from previous experiences. Within this framework, a structured approach has been defined covering preventive measures, defined roles and responsibilities for disaster management as well as plans to organize the necessary equipment / machinery in case of emergency.
Upon the announcement of cyclonic storm “Yaas”, TPCODL immediately identified the area that was to be affected by the severe cyclonic storm, well in advance. In accordance with the defined DMP, approx. 10,000 people present and additional as well as adequate materials and machinery have been deployed to areas likely to be affected to begin restoration work immediately. Fast food teams have been formed within the sub-divisions and clear roles and responsibilities have been defined to complete the catering as quickly as possible.
The aftermath of YAAS has been devastating, among the most seriously affected areas are sections of Kendrapada (zone – Aul, Rajkanika, Rajnagar-2), Marshaghai (zone – Babar, Mahakalpada), Paradeep (zone-Chatua) and Jagatsinghpur (Zone-Balikuda-2). The whole area has been submerged in water, roads have been blocked with fallen trees, conductors have broken under the weight of branches, and most of the area suffers from high water saturation.
After the cyclone, restoration work was launched on the basis of war. Power to all hospitals, COVID care centers, intensive care units and oxygen factories was delivered in a record time of 2 hours. The power supply to all HQs / CSCs in the district has also been restored as a priority.
Speaking on power restoration MM Shenbagam, CEO, TPCODL mentionned, “The key to mitigating the risk of a cyclone and reducing its impact is to be well prepared with pre-monsoon activities like pruning trees, correcting identified vulnerable hot spots, preventive maintenance of distribution transformers, etc. . With that done, we’ve reduced its impact and jumped into action with all the resources for a fast food restaurant to ensure customers are the least affected. We also thank the government of Odisha and the CM office for their continued support during the cyclone.‘
Thanks to continuous surveillance, systematic departures patrols and the clearing of network lines, TPCODL was able to restore 70% of the electrical power supply within 8 hours of arriving ashore. Additionally, TPCODL was able to maintain 100% power supply in the Twin Cities (Cuttack and BBSR) through a clear focus area and systematic grid maintenance.
To date, 85% of the grid has been restored and power is being supplied to affected areas. For the remaining 15%, we wait for the water to recede to restore balance. The TPCOLD team is working around the clock to restore in-phase power safely and carefully.
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