Odisha estimates Fani cyclone damages Rs 12,000

The Odisha state government in its preliminary estimations assessed Fani cyclone damages to the extent of Rs 12,000 crore. Submitting a report to the central team, headed by the Additional Home Secretary Vivek Bharadwaj, Odisha chief secretary A P Padhi said that they would furnish a detailed memorandum by the end of May.

The Central team after two and haf day visit to the affected areas of Puri, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, said the damage in Puri had been massive. Vivek Bharadwaj has underlined that it was perhaps for the first time a central team had rushed to the state within 10 days of the calamity and even before the state had submitted a memorandum. He was appreciative of the work done by the state government in terms of extending relief to affected people in the districts. Food, rice, polythene and cash had been provided to the affected families, he said.

The chief secretary said several proposals, such as relaxation in SDRF/NDRF norms to include damage to HT lines, were put forth at the meeting with the central team.The state government had presented a requirement of Rs 17,000 crore (Rs 10,000 crore for power infrastructure and Rs 7000 crore for housing) on 6 May when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reviewed the cyclone damage. The estimate was with regard to permanent nature of work with cyclone resistant houses and power infrastructure.

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