Hong Kong To Help Cyclone Affected Odisha

Cyclone Fani, that hit India’s eastern coast on May 3rd, was one of the most severe cycloninc storms to hit the region after the Super Cyclone of 1999. The effects of the cyclone were so severe that the state needed lakhs of crores to rebuild damaged properties and public infrastructure. Fani killed 64 people and damaged more than five lakh houses in the state’s coastal districts.

Since the cyclone, Odisha government along with several other contributing institutions has been restoring the damage. In light of this, the Hong Kong government has approved over $900,000 for relief and rehabilitation work in cyclone-hit areas that could benefit around 45,100 victims. This information reached the officials through a state-run Xinhua news agency that reported quoting a spokesperson of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, saying three donations totalling 7.032 million Hong Kong dollars (about $902,278) from Hong Kong’s Disaster Relief Fund has been approved for donation to three agencies for the cyclone victims.

“To ensure that the money is used for the designated purposes, the relief agencies will be asked to submit evaluation reports and audited accounts on the use of the grants after the relief projects have been completed,” the report quoted the HKSAR spokesperson as saying.

Odisha, which is home to aluminium plants, power utilities, coal mines and an oil refinery, faces cyclonic storms almost every year.

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