Odisha Submits Cyclone Amphan Assessment Report

The Odisha government has produced a detailed report to the union government seeking financial aid of over Rs 16,000 crore to repair the damage caused due to cyclone Amphan. Pradeep Jena, the special Relief Commissioner (SRC), has sent the memorandum to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for approval.

The four most affected districts are Baleswar, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, and Kendrapara. The state has submitted the 16,032.83 crore proposal to achieve three objectives – resilient energy infrastructure, disaster-resilient houses for poor, and strengthening saline embankment.

Odisha Submits Cyclone Amphan Assessment Report

The breakdown of the funds is as follows:

  • Rs 11,113.68 will be used for overall improvement in electricity supply reliability, which will enable the continuity of other emergency services during or post any disaster situation.
  • Rs 4,152 crore will be used for providing pucca houses to the 1,66,090 families in the four most-affected districts.
  • Rs 767.15 crore has been proposed for extending saline embankments to prevent further cyclonic events in the Bay of Bengal.

Earlier this month, a preliminary damage assessment report released by the state government stated that over 44 lakh people in Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, and Jagatsinghpur have been affected due to the cyclone. In the month of May, Odisha had received Rs 500 crore from the Centre as advance assistance for restoration work after PM Modi did an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit districts.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik post his meeting with PM Modi had said, “We will work together to ensure the care of affected and distressed people and restoration of normalcy at the earliest.”

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