As many as 64 lives were lost and over 1.4 lakh hectares of crop area affected because of cyclone Fani in Odisha, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai told Lok Sabha in a written reply on Tuesday. The cyclone affected Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Bengal.
Here are a few other points in his reply:
- In Odisha, 5.56 lakh houses and huts were damaged, 6,281 cattle heads were lost, and 6,416 boats and 8,828 nets were damaged.
- Infrastructure like roads, power, railway, telecommunications etc. were also damaged in Odisha.
- No human lives were lost in Andhra Pradesh and Bengal.
- A total of 222 houses/huts were damaged, 28 cattle were lost and 1,365 hectares of crop area was damaged in Andhra Pradesh.
- In Bengal, 29,260 houses/huts were damaged and 1.12 lakh hectares of crop area was affected due to cyclone Fani.
- To prevent loss of human lives, a record 15,57,170 persons in Odisha, 17,460 persons in Andhra Pradesh and 2,34,801 persons in Bengal were evacuated to safer places.
- To support affected people of the states, the central government released advance assistance of Rs 1,086 crore (Rs 340.875 crore to Odisha, Rs 200.25 crore to Andhra Pradesh, Rs 235.50 crore to Bengal and Rs 309.375 crore to Tamil Nadu) from SDRF on April 29.
- After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Odisha after the cyclone, the central government released an additional Rs 1,000 crore to the state government on May 7.
- Odisha has submitted a memorandum seeking an assistance of Rs 5,227.68 crore. An inter-ministerial central team visited the affected areas from June 20 to 22 for an on-the-spot assessment of damage. Upon receipt of their report, further financial assistance under NDRF will be considered.