Bhubaneswar: Five days after cyclone Fani ravaged parts of coastal Odisha, the State Government on Wednesday revised its death count upward to 41.
“Death toll in Cyclone Fani touches 41,” informed Information and Public Relations Department Secretary Sanjay Singh here today. However, the district-wise toll will be released soon.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those injured in the cyclonic storm.
According to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, more than 1 crore people in 14,835 villages and 46 towns of 11 districts in the State are affected by the cyclonic storm Fani, that made landfall at Puri on Friday, was one of the “rarest of the rare” summer cyclones – the first to hit Odisha in 43 years.
In a record-mobilisation over 12 lakh people including 2,000 pregnant women were evacuated in less than 24 hours to 9,000 shelters with functional kitchens by the State Government to minimise human casualty and damage.
The extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani, that made landfall at Puri on Friday, was one of the “rarest of the rare” summer cyclones – the first to hit Odisha in 43 years.
Puri, which bore the brunt, has still remained cut off from the rest of the State. Power supply, internet and mobile network were down. It would take a few days before some level of normalcy can be restored in the pilgrim city of Puri. State capital Bhubaneswar too has witnessed equal damage akin to Puri.