On May 3, Cyclone Fani which considered as India’s biggest storm in decades hit the state’s coastal district in Odisha leaving massive damage to the state and took 64 lives.
In district Puri, the highest number of deaths were reported, followed by nine in Khurda district, six in Cuttack district, four in Mayurbhanj, and three each from Kendrapara and Jaipur district, an official at the state emergency operation said.
According to the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) report, 241 people sustained injuries in the cyclone of whom 160 belong to puri district alone, followed by 74 people injured in Jaipur. of the 64 deaths, 25 were due to wall collapse, 20 more crushed under uprooted trees and six died of roof collapse
To look into the matter, an inter-ministerial Central team of nine-member is being led by Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs Vivek Bharadwaj reached Odisha on Sunday to assess the damage caused by Cyclone Fani.
Team members will be briefed by Special Relief Commissioner BP Sethi about the whole situation before beginning an on-the-spot assessment of the damage by visiting the affected areas on Monday.
Team member for the assessment will be divided into two groups. The groups will visit Puri and Khurda districts which were worst affected by the cyclone.
Their visit will be extended to some of the affected areas in the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation area on May 15 before holding a meeting with senior state government officials, including Chief Secretary A P Padhi. The reports have to be submitted by the team to the center, an official said.
According to resources, Cyclone Fani, came with the speed of up to 240kmph on May 3 which made landfall in Puri left at least 241 people injured, uprooted about 14 lakh trees, Including thousands of coconut and mango trees.
Also, Over 30 percent crop has been damaged and more than 1,00,000 hectares of agricultural land badly affected in 14 districts of the state.
Directed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the officials will go through every detail of houses damaged in Cyclone Fani within one week from May 15.
The government is trying to restore necessary supplies like electricity, water, telecom which are affected poorly for the eleventh day since May 3.