Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday gave an account of the losses incurred due to cyclonic storm Fani and added how the state government was taking up rehabilitation measures for the people.
Patnaik said, “Houses completely damaged will be constructed under housing schemes. Loss of agricultural horticultural crops and animal resources, fisheries will be assessed and compensated accordingly. Tree plantations will be taken up in mission mode soon after relief and restoration.”
He added that all possible efforts are being made to provide people with basic necessities like food, electricity, and restoration of communication after the cyclonic storm made landfall in the state on May 3.
Meanwhile, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) reviewed relief measures in the Cyclone Fani affected areas of Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh with the states and central ministries/agencies concerned. The Bhubaneswar-Yashwantpur Express, Bhubaneswar-Anand Vihar (New Delhi) Express, Odisha Samprak Kranti Express will also run as per schedule, said the East Coast Railways. (Also Read: PM Modi Dialled Mamata Twice For Cyclone Fani Update, She Didn’t Call Back: PMO Sources)
In fact, trains originating from Bhubaneswar have resumed normal services from Sunday morning. Prashanti Express, Visakha Express, Rajdhani Express, Konark Express, Hirakhand Express from Bhubaneswar will start normally today.
Cyclone Fani, made landfall on the eastern coast of Odisha on Friday morning and claimed the lives of at least eight people and left hundreds injured. The very severe cyclonic storm Fani moved over coastal Odisha moved north-northeastwards at 20 kmph in last 6 hours and weakened into a severe cyclonic storm, the IMD said.
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction or UNDRR, the organisation which is the focal point of the United Nations system for disaster risk reduction lauded India’s MeT department for providing pinpoint information that helped authorities to minimise loss of life.
India has been focusing on zero causality policy when it comes to cyclone preparedness and in the past, has been able to prove its performances.