Central team visits cyclone affected areas of Odish; holds high level meeting with state govt

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The central team that visited the cyclone affected areas of Odisha during the last two days, had a high level meeting with the state government in capital Bhubaneswar on Tuesday.

The meeting was attended by the state Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra and Special Relief Commissioner Pradip Kumar Jena and others.

Odisha government reiterated its demand for long term cyclone mitigation measures before the seven member central team.

The Central team was apprised of the need of creating cyclone-resilient power infrastructure in the coastal districts of the state alongwith coastal surge protection system.

AIR correspondent reports, informing the central team of the frequency of cyclones in Odisha, the state government said that the state has been struck with as many as 98 cyclones during the last one hundered odd years between 1891 to 2000.

The state has also suffered the ire of at least eight super cyclones or Very Severe Cyclonic Storms during 1999 and 2021, the latest being Yaas.

On the extent of Yaas-induced damage, the Central team was informed that as per the preliminary assessment, while over 75 lakh people of more than 10 thousand villages and 425 wards of urban areas have been affected, about 27 thousand houses and over 6348 hectares of crop have also been damaged.

Before the meeting, the central team had undertaken field visits to many areas of the cyclone ravaged North Odisha districts like Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur during the last two days.