Bhubaneswar: Cyclone Fani hit as many as 1.48 crore people in Odisha, said reports on Tuesday.

Speaking to ANI, Odisha State Disaster Management Authority Spokesperson Sangram Mohapatra said, “1.48 crore people have been affected in 155 blocks. Almost 5.8 lakh houses have been damaged. As many as 37 casualties have been reported till now.”

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik held a review meeting earlier in the day of the relief and restoration work underway in the state.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan visited cyclone hit areas earlier in the day.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had held a review meeting with senior officials on Monday in view of cyclone Fani. The Chief Minister also donated his year’s salary to the Chief Minister’s relief fund.

In a meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also announced a release of Rs 1,000 crore for relief measures in the state. This amount is in addition to Rs 341 crore which the Centre had sanctioned in advance to the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).

“Power connectivity needs to be restored on a priority basis as drinking water supply, telephone connectivity and banking operations need electricity,” said Cabinet Secretary Sinha.

Meanwhile, even cyclone Fani got dragged into politics as sources in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said that PM Narendra Modi wanted to assess the damage caused by cyclone Fani in West Bengal but the state government refused to hold a review meeting with him.

As per the PMO, the Centre had even written to the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government about the planned review meeting but the state government replied that the officials are busy with election duty.

“PM Narendra Modi is currently in Odisha taking stock of the situation due to cyclone Fani. He also wanted to do the same for West Bengal…However the state government has replied that the govt officials are busy with election duty and hence the review meeting should not be held,” PMO sources said on Monday.