Central Team In Odisha For On-Spot Assessment Of Damage Caused By Cyclone FANI

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13 May 2019


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Bhubaneswar: Led by Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs Vivek Bharadwaj, a nine-member inter-ministerial team from Centre reached Odisha on Sunday to assess the damage caused by Cyclone Fani.

The members were briefed by Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi today morning before leaving for on-the-spot assessment in the affected areas. As per reports, the team will be split into two groups that will visit the worst affected Puri and Khurda districts.

On May 15, the team will visit parts of affected areas in the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation area and then hold a meeting with senior state government officials. Following this, the team will submit its report to the Centre.

It is notable to mention here that Cyclone FANI has claimed 64 lives, uprooted 14 lakh trees, destroyed 1.52 lakh hectare area of agricultural land and damaged over 5 lakh houses. Apart for that, extensive damage has also been caused electric poles and grids. After an aerial survey, Prime Minister has already announced Rs 1000 crore relief package for Odisha.

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Bishnupada Sethi, SRC, Odisha