Cyclone Fani: TN, UP Chief Ministers pitches in financial aid to Odisha

07 Mai, 2019, 04:55 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Cyclone Fani lashes India’s east coast storm's power is felt as far away as Mt. Everest

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also made the contribution from the Uttar Pradesh state relief funds to help people affected by cyclone Fani that hit the state on Friday.

"Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said all families in Puri and in those parts of Khurda, which had been severely affected in the storm, will get 50 kg of rice, 28 US dollars in cash and polythene sheets if covered under the Food Security Act (FSA)", a local government official said. He announced ₹2000 and 50kg of rice and polythene will be provided to all families covered under food security. Those living in the "moderately-affected" districts of Cuttack, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur will be eligible for a month's quota of rice and Rs 500 in cash.

Houses which have been completely damaged will be constructed under housing schemes, Patnaik said according to ANI. Loss of agricultural and horticultural crops and animal resources, fisheries will be assessed and compensated accordingly.

The chief minister's office said plantation of trees will be taken up in mission mode soon after relief restoration. He said cooked food would be supplied to some communities for 15 days.

Flight operations at Bhubaneswar airport resumed on Saturday.

Cyclone Fani barrelled into Odisha on Friday, packing winds up to 200 kilometres (125 miles) an hour before losing intensity as it headed towards Bangladesh. Special Relief Commissioner, Bishnupada Sethi said that power supply to around one million consumers will be restored by tomorrow.

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This gas station in the town of Puri bore the brunt of Cyclone Fani's onslaught.

The toll in Bangladesh included six people struck by lightning, disaster management official Golam Mostofa told AFP.

Relief and restoration works in the affected areas are continuing in full swing.

Experts have qualified Fani as one of the most devastating cyclones that India saw over the past 20 years and the most powerful cyclone in Odisha since 2014. A similar evacuation occurred in Odisha moving 1.2 million people into safety.

At least 2000 emergency workers, youth clubs and others were engaged along with the ODRAF, NDRF, and about one lakh officials.

Commenting on the possibility of Central assistance for Odisha, Patnaik said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to me but there has been no assistance from the Centre".

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