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May 14, 2019

Cyclone Fani: Inter-Ministerial Central Team visit Cuttack and coastal district Puri

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On the second day today, the Inter-Ministerial Central Team visited Cuttack and coastal district Puri for on-the-spot assessment of the situation and the damage caused to both life and infrastructure.

As per the tour schedule, the Team members divided into two groups. One group of the Team visited Niali and Kantapada blocks of Cuttack district while another group visited several areas of Puri and Khurda districts. 

The team members assessed the damage caused at the ground zero level as well as interacted with the affected people. The 11-member inter-ministerial central team led by additional secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Vivek Bharadwaj is accompanied with high level officers from Power Ministry, Coconut Development Board, Housing and Urban ministry, Finance Ministry, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Agriculture, Road Transport & Highways Ministry, Rural Development. 

After winding up its three-day visit to the cyclone-affected areas tomorrow, the team will hold another round of meeting with Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi and other senior state government officials at Bhubaneswar before leaving for Delhi. 

The team will submit the report to the Centre on the damage caused by the cyclone Fani. Meanwhile, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged to sanction at least 5 lakh special houses under PM Awas Yojana for the affected people. 

The Chief Minister also thanked the Centre for its support rendered to the state to effectively manage the calamity and its aftermath. As per the official information, the extreme severe Cyclone Fani that hit Odisha on May 3 left 64 people dead.

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