Cyclone Fani Caused Loss of Over Rs 9,000 Crore to Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Odisha incurred a loss of over Rs 9,000 crore due to the extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ which made landfall in the State on May 3, said an official.
“The total loss to the public properties and requirement of fund for relief measures has been estimated as Rs.9336.26 crores”, informed Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi.
The Odisha Government has demanded Rs.5227.68 crore from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) in order to meet the expenditure on the ongoing relief and restoration measures.
As of now, Rs.1357.14 crore has been released by the state government to various districts and departments towards disaster response, an official statement said.
A thorough assessment of the situation in 20,367 villages in the aftermath of the cyclone, it was observed that the cyclone-affected 1.6 crore people and 1.88 lakh hectares of crop areas, it added.
The cyclone that made landfall at a wind speed of about 200 kmph near Puri affected 14 districts involving 20,367 villages. It affected 1.6 crore people and 1.88 lakh hectare of crop areas.
“A total of 5,56,761 houses have either been fully or severely or partially damaged. 64 people lost their lives and 12 people received grievous injuries. 2650 large animals, 3631 small animals, and 53,26,905 poultry birds have been lost,” the SRC added.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to meet PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi on June 9 to discuss the reconstruction measures in cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ affected areas in the state among other issues.

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