Footage taken from an Indian navy aircraft showed extensive inundation in areas around Puri, with wide swathes of land submerged. This contribution is Hyundai's way of expressing solidarity with the people of Odisha & West Bengal, as they rebuild their lives in the aftermath of the recent devastating Fani Cyclone.
"We have the challenge of having to set up the entire electrification afresh", he told reporters.
The national highway to Puri was littered with fallen trees and electricity poles, making it impassable.
Following the rains, the state government has issued an alert to suspend ferry services between Jorhat and Majuli, Guwahati and North Guwahati, Dhubri and other places from Saturday to Sunday.
By Saturday, the worst winds had calmed, but the storm surge was flooding dozens of villages on Bangladesh's low-lying coast, where millions more were evacuated and moved to shelters.
The Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command personally undertook aerial survey of the cyclone affected area Saturday morning and visited INS Chilka to review the relief efforts, it said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hoping to secure a second term in India's ongoing election, tweeted that he would visit the state on Monday.
Equivalent to a category-four hurricane, Fani has been churning through the Bay of Bengal over the last few days.
AAI official said that a total of 59 flights including arrival and departure have been cancelled from Guwahati airport while Agartala airport had to cancel eight flights. In 1999, a super-cyclone battered the coast of Odisha for 30 hours, killing 10,000 people.
"Instead of it being a tragedy of gigantic proportions, we are in the process of restoring critical infrastructure", he said.
As the state government evacuated, over the last two days, almost 12 lakh people from about 10,000 villages and 52 urban agglomerations, damages by the powerful winds were still at a great extent.
Anuradha Mohanty, a resident of the state capital, Bhubaneswar, which is 40 miles inland, said: "It was a massive cyclone".
About 1.2 million people living in the most vulnerable districts in Bangladesh had also been moved to some 4,000 shelters.
He said chief minister Naveen Patnaik has already spoken to Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and he is sending some people and equipments to expedite the operation.