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Odisha Prepares Final Report Of FANI Damages

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Bhubaneswar: A final assessment of damages and losses, caused by extremely severe cyclonic storm FANI after its landfall in Odisha on May 3, have been prepared by the State Administration informed Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) on Thursday.

While preliminary report of the damages had been prepared and submitted to the Central Team which visited Odisha during May 12-15, the final report was prepared after village to village assessment through various team constituted by the District Collectors.

A total of 14 districts involving 20,367 villages are part of the assessment. According to the report, 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.

Different departments have assessed the loss to the public properties to be Rs 6643.63 crores. Similarly, an amount of Rs 2692.63 crores is required for pure 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. However, keeping in view the norms of assistance under SDRF/NDRF, an amount of Rs 5227.68 crores is required for undertaking relief and restoration measures.

The State Government is seeking an assistance of Rs 5227.68 crores from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) in order to meet the expenditure on the ongoing relief and restoration measures.

As of now, an amount of Rs 1357.14 crores has been released by State Government to various districts and departments towards disaster response.

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Bishnupada Sethi, SRC, Odisha