Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started distributing the Chief Minister’s Special Assistance for victims of very severe cyclonic storm Fani, which barrelled through the eastern coast in Odisha near Puri on Friday leaving at least 34 people reportedly dead.
With nearly 200 kmph wind storms and incessant rains, the storm has brought down trees, power and communications lines and thatched houses.
The relief distribution of Rs 2,000 as distress assistance and Rs 500 for purchasing polythene sheets to each beneficiary is being conducted in all 67 wards across the city.
The entire operation is being carried out with deployment of adequate police force for smooth running of the operation.
The assistance will be distributed to 1,04,814 beneficiaries coming under National Food Security Act (NFSA).
An eligible beneficiary has to produce the ration card to avail the relief and the respective ward officers are monitoring the activity under the supervision of sector officers of the city as it has been divided into 13 sectors for smooth conduct of the relief and rehabilitation operations in the city following the aftermath of the huge natural calamity.
Sources said the civic body has geared up to execute the huge task as more than Rs 25.5 crore will be distributed through the city-wide process to help the needy in distress.
The multi-agency control room registered more than 770 complaints till 5.45 pm today. The field operations were managed by 29 teams of Works Department, 13 teams of NDRF, seven teams of Fire Service personnel, three teams of CESU in its three divisions to restore normalcy.
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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday has conducted an aerial survey of cyclone Fani-ravaged areas of Odisha and announced an additional central assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for relief works in the State. Earlier on April 29, the Centre had released in advance Rs 381 crore for the State for relief operation.