Bhubaneswar: The inter-ministerial team of the Central Government has highly appreciated the Odisha government for its relief and restoration work in the aftermath of cyclone Fani that caused massive damages in the State.
The team, which visited the Fani-hit areas in the State for three days, praised the Odisha Government for its alertness and timely distribution of relief materials to the affected people.
Talking to the media after a high-level meeting at the State Secretariat here, Central Team leader & additional secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Vivek Bharadwaj said that the Central Government would provide all possible supports to Odisha for rebuilding the State.
“As a severe calamity has struck Odisha, the Government of India stands with the state in every means. This is the first time that a Central team has visited a calamity-hit area with 10 days to assess the damage, and our team has visited several places in the last 2-3 days”, he said.
Puri has suffered extensive loss in the cyclone, whether it be houses, statues, the livelihood of people, power or water supply. Other areas like Cuttack have also suffered house damage and loss of public infrastructures, he said.
“The Odisha government has done a remarkable job in the distribution of relief and restoration works,” Bharadwaj said.
In the affected areas the Central team visited, the people have been provided monetary, food and essential commodities for rehabilitation and immediate relief soon after the calamity hit the state, he added.
Odisha Chief Secretary AP Padhi , who attended the meeting, said, “ Today, we had a formal meeting with the Central team, where the Special Relief Commissioner, presented a preliminary report of damage incurred by the State Government due to Cyclone FANI.”
Odisha has incurred a loss of Rs 11,942 crore due to the extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ that hit the State on May 3, according to a preliminary report released by the Revenue and Disaster Management Department on Wednesday.