Cyclone Fani: Odisha Govt to submit detailed  memorandum for aid after house survey

Cyclone Fani: Odisha Govt to submit detailed memorandum for aid after house survey

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Bhubaneswar, May 15 : Odisha Government will submit a detail memorandum seeking assistance for the damages caused by the severe cyclonic storm Fani from the central government towards the end of this month, Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said here today.

After a wrap up meeting with the visiting 11-member Central team which wqs here since May 12 and visited the worst-hit areas of Puri, Konark, Khurdha and Cuttack, Sethi said the memorandum would be made after a door-to-door survey of the affected people.

The survey started today.

An 11-member inter-ministerial central team led by Additional Secretary Ministry of Home Affairs Bibek Bhardwaj arrived here on May 12 to assess the damages caused by the cyclone Fani.

Sethi said as per a preliminary assessment property worth Rs 12,000 crore was damaged in the cyclone but the figure is likely to rise further after the detail survey was completed.

The cyclone Fani had caused extensive damage to transportation, tourism, power, telecom, Railway structure, water supply, petrol pumps, summer crop and public infrastructures.

In the preliminary memorandum the state government put the tentative loss to public properties at Rs 11,94,268.13 crore.

Chief Secretary AP Padhi said the state government has not yet prepared the final memorandum as reports about the damages are still pouring in from the affected districts.

The final memorandum would be prepared after reports from all the cyclone affected districts was received,he said adding that the preliminary memorandum was prepared to help the central team assess the damage.

During the meeting, Mr Padhi said the state government requested the visiting team to revise certain NDRF and SDRF norms .

To cite an example, he said in the power sector 220 KV and 130 KV lines are not covered for assistance under. Similarly, there were some other norms which should be revised.

The Chief Secretary told the visiting team that the Cyclonic storm FANI is the worst ever cyclone in recent past that hit Odisha in summer and created more mental pain and suffering of the people.

Mr Bibek Bhardwaj said this is for the first time a central team visited a state ten day after a disaster to assess the damage on the request of the state government.

He praised the state government and the district administration for its prompt and timely action which saves many lives ,property and provide relief to the affected people in the post cyclone period.

He said Puri was worst affected by the cyclone. Houses, hotels, livelihood of the people, power line, water supply were badly hit in the cyclone.

In other areas betel vines and public infrastructure of various kinds were affected. But the way the government handled the situation is praise worthy, Mr.Bharadwaj remarked.

He said wherever they visited people said they received immediate relief in cash and in kind and there was hardly any discontentment.

Bhardwaj said the central government is with the state at this time and would provide assistance to the state be it restoration of power network or livelihood projects through MGNREG. (UNI)