Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday announced house damage assistance for Cyclone Fani affected people.
As per the Situation Report released by the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC), at least 5,08,467 houses have been damaged due to the cyclone in the State.
“All families whose houses are completely or substantially damaged due to severe cyclone ‘Fani’ will be sanctioned pucca houses,” announced the Chief Minister.
Patnaik said house damage assessment will begin from May 15 and be completed within a week. Work order distribution to the beneficiaries will begin from June 1, added the Chief Minister.
Patnaik further informed hat senior officers will be appointed to supervise assessment process in all the extremely severely affected blocks.
Notably, Patnaik on Saturday announced a package of Rs 1,600 crore for the cyclone Fani-affected farmers and women self help groups (SHGs) in more than five districts. More than one lakh farmers would benefit due to the agriculture package.
This apart, Rebuild Odisha, a web portal (crowd funding platform), was also launched by the CM yesterday seeking funds from people for various projects in the affected districts. The CM appealed to people to donate generously for the rebuilding process.
At least 1,50,94,321 people have been affected 159 blocks in 14 districts – Angul, Balasore, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Keonjhar, Khordha, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh and Puri.
A total 159 blocks, 52 ULBs, 16659 villages, 5,08,467 houses and 87,39,657 livestock were affected and 34,56,362 livestock casualties were also reported, read the latest SEOC report.
The cyclone has extensively damaged the power infrastructure in Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur and Jajpur districts. At least 5030 kms of 33 KV lines, 38613 kms of 11 KV lines and 79485 km of LT lines have been destroyed in these districts. Besides power infrastructure, telecommunication and water facility has also witnessed massive damage.
The extreme severe cyclonic storm barrelled through the Odisha coast near Puri causing extensive damage.