Paradip Port suffered losses due to cyclone, says chairman

Paradip Port has suffered extensive losses due to Cyclone Phailin, a Port official said.

New Delhi: Paradip Port has suffered extensive losses due to Cyclone Phailin but massive work is on to restore road connectivity as two of the roads have caved in and about 40,000 trees are uprooted, a Port official said.

"We are assessing the damages. We don`t have access to 10 km long channel as five-six metre high tides are there. A group of 20 engineers have embarked on foot survey of accessible areas," Paradip Port Trust, Odisha, Chairman Sudhanshu Shekhara Mishra said.

Mishra said though the storm has subsided but situation was grim there and work was on war-footing to restore road connectivity as two major roads had caved in last night.

The Port had shut all cargo operations, plants and machinery and put in place a contingency plan to meet any eventuality due to Cyclone Phailin.

"As per preliminary assessments about 40,000 trees were uprooted in the vicinity and operations to clear the area have started. Cooked food has been arranged for about 2,000 people sheltered in port area including employees of the port trust," he said.

Mishra said damage to vessels and corporate houses offices in the area was still to be assessed port buildings and plants have suffered damages.

"Fortunately so far no casualty has been surfaced from the port area so far while 8 boats with about 80 fishermen from Andhra Pradesh have also taken shelter in the area and are safe.

"Electricity and water supply were restored in the port area, he said, adding there were about 10,000 people in Paradip municipal area in shelter houses, as per report," ADM, Paradip, Ramkrishna who had visited the port area for inspection said. As preliminary assessments, damages to the tune of Rs 3 crore have been caused in municipal area which could be more, he added.

He said about 3,000 mud houses in the area have been either wiped out or damaged.
ASP, Paradip, M C Sahu who was also there said that 18 fishermen, rescued from Bay of Bengal were safe and there was no law and order problem in the area.

The port is one of the 12 major ports in the country. Port Chairman Mishra said all officers had been mobilised and all arrangements have been done for rescue work.

Paradip Port serves the eastern and central parts of the country and its hinterland extends to Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.

The Port mainly deals with bulk cargo apart from other clean cargoes and had seen unprecedented growth in the traffic handled in the last decade carrying out round the clock operations for 365 days.

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