Odisha CM sanctions funds for cyclone Fani-hit people in Puri

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today approved Rs 7.58 crore as aid for damage of houses in Puri due to the ‘extremely severe’ cyclone ‘Fani’ which hit the state on May 3 leaving a trail of destruction in the coastal district.

The funds were sanctioned from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) and it is meant for those who are not eligible to get assistance from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF), an official communication said here this evening.

A total of 8,000 people will be benefited from the funds. While 7,400 families will get an assistance of Rs 10,000 each for fully damaged house, 600 families will get Rs 3,000 each for partially damaged house, it added.

As per the final report submitted to the Chief Minister, Cyclone Fani caused a loss of an estimate Rs 9,336.26 crore in Odisha. While the calamity caused a loss of Rs 6,643,63 crore to public properties, Rs 2,692.63 crore is required for relief measures for the affected people, an official had said.

The cyclone that made landfall at a wind speed of about 200 kmph near Puri affected 14 districts involving 20,367 villages. It affected 1.6 crore people and 1.88 lakh hectare of crop areas. As many as 64 people were killed in the natural calamity.

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