Cyclone Fani caused Rs 24,176 cr damage in Odisha: Report

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday released a damage assessment report on cyclone Fani which estimates the total damage and loss at Rs 24,176 crore and recovery needs at Rs 29,315 crore.
The Cyclone Fani – Damage, Loss and Needs Assessment (DLNA) report will contribute towards expediting the reconstruction and recovery processes in the state.

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Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani, which hit the Odisha coast on May 3 this year was one of the rarest of rare summer cyclones, caused extensive damage and impacted life and property of more than 1.65 crore people.

“The damage assessment report would provide a way forward to the recovery of the state from the cyclone as well as develop a better preparedness strategy for the future,” said the Chief Minister.
He invited the international agencies, national NGOs, the private sector and the civil society to come forward and join in the recovery and reconstruction efforts to rebuild Odisha.
The extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani, which hit the coast of Odisha on May 3, caused extensive damage and impacted life and property of more than 1.65 crore people in 14 districts of the state.
Post the cyclone, the state government under the guidance of the Centre and in collaboration with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations (UN), undertook the DLNA to support the recovery process.
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Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik with DLNA team.

The assessment spanned over a period of 20 days comprising a team of more than 100 multi-sectoral experts from the World Bank, ADB and various agencies of the UN along with officials from several departments of the state government and local NGOs.
The infrastructure sectors were the hardest hit and constitute about 42 per cent of the total needs and the social sectors, which include housing, constitute 36 per cent of the total needs, as per the report.
It proposes a recovery strategy built around three pillars – resilient housing, resilient infrastructure, and resilient livelihoods.

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