Special Water Purifying Bus In Odisha For Cyclone Affected Areas

Bhavnagar based national laboratory CSMCRI’s bus is riding through Odisha and purifying 40,000 litres of water in a day, in the aftermath of Fani. This mobile water purification bus started from the coastal town of Bhavnagar in Gujarat and travelled to Odisha, with the purpose of helping cyclone affected people to drink clean water.

The bus was developed by the Council of Science and Industrial Research and was also used during the Kerala floods. It contains an RO desalination and ultrafiltration plant with a TFC membrane filtration that filters viruses and bacteria from the water.

Cyclone Fani has been the strongest cyclone to hit India in the last 43 years. As many as 1.2 million people were evacuated just before the cyclone made landfall in the eastern coast of Odisha, making it the biggest in history. Millions of houses and trees have been devastated but the death count has been restricted to 64.

The last severe tropical cyclone to strike Odisha was the 1999 super cyclone which had claimed almost ten thousand lives, damaged nearly twenty lakh houses, killed about two lakh livestock, and affected about 2.5 to 3 million people, leaving large tracts of agricultural land unfit for cultivation for a long time.