Cyclone Fani death toll rises to 64 in Odisha

Cyclone Fani death toll rises to 64 in Odisha

The toll due to Cyclone Fani, which left a trail of destruction and devastation through coastal Odisha as it hit the state on May 3, has increased to 64, an official report said on Sunday.

A Cyclone Situation Report released from the office of Special Relief Commissioner said that while 39 deaths have been reported from worst-affected Puri district, nine deaths occurred in Khurdha and six in Cuttack.

Four persons were killed in Mayurbhanj district and three deaths reported each from Jajpur and Kendrapara, it added.

A total of 1.64 crore people have been affected in 14 districts by the cyclone.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday announced that permanent houses will be sanctioned for all families whose houses were completely or substantially damaged due to the cyclonic storm.

The house damage assessment will begin from May 15 and will be completed within a week, he added.

The Odisha government on Saturday announced a Rs 1600 crore package for livelihood support for farmers, fishermen and others affected by Cyclone Fani.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced the package and included support for those dependent on animal husbandry, fisheries, handloom and handicraft.

According to the announcement, agriculture input subsidy of Rs 6,800 per hectare of land in non-irrigated areas, Rs 13,500 per hectare of land in areas under assured irrigation and Rs 18,000 per hectare for all types of perennial crops will be provided to farmers who suffered crop loss of 22 per cent or above.

An incentive of Rs 15,000 per farmer will be provided for those engaged in betel cultivation, while Rs 40,000 per unit will be provided for construction of shade net or thatched structure for development of mushroom units which were destroyed in the cyclone.

An incentive of Rs 25,000 per hectare will also be provided to farmers undertaking banana cultivation.

To those who lost domestic animals in the calamity, Patnaik said Rs 30,000 will be given per milch cow and buffalo, Rs 25,000 per draught animal and Rs 3,000 per goat.

(With PTI inputs)

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