Cyclone Fani took Naveen Patnaik's Odisha government and the common man by surprise. A state that took pride in disaster management was found wanting as basic necessities like power, water and polythene were hard to get
Lights were also back on the entire 3-km long Bada Danda (Grand Road) from the Jagannath temple gates to the Gundicha temple, the palace of the Gajapati King and the district hospitals, all on the Grand Road.
Puri and Khurda districts are reeling under power and drinking water shortage as rescue operations post-cyclone Fani are in full swing. Generator operators are in demand, even for charging mobile phones.