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Odisha Lost Over Rs 9,000cr Due to Cyclone ‘Fani’

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Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Jun 7, 2019: Cyclonic storm ‘Fani’, which made landfall in Odisha on May 3, caused a loss worth approximately Rs 9336 crores, a state government official said on Thursday.

According to the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), different departments assessed the loss to public properties to be Rs.6643.63 crore, and an amount of Rs.2692.63 crore is required for relief measures for the affected people. “The total loss to the public properties and requirement of fund for relief measures has been estimated as Rs.9336 crores,” read a statement issued on Thursday.

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In this regard, the Odisha government has sought 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, the 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.

“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 statement said.(ANI)

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