Bhubaneswar, November 25: Odisha, which is prone to natural calamities every year, has witnessed huge loss and damage in the last two years due to cyclones. Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Pramila Mallick informed the Assembly that the state suffered a loss of Rs 1,471 crore between 2020 and 2021 due to cyclones. The state has witnessed four cyclones namely- Amphan, Yas, Gulab and Jawad in the last two years in the state of Odisha.
Cyclone Amphan, which crossed coastal Odisha in May 2020, caused heavy rains and thunderstorms, causing damage to the tune of Rs 236.38 crore, while Cyclone Yass, which hit Chandipur area of Balasore in Odisha in May 2021, wreaked havoc, causing damage and loss 823 crore. Loss and damage caused by Rs. 34.11 crore and Rs. 376.65 crore.
Malik informed the Assembly in writing while replying to a question by member Kusum Tete. Last year, a total of 87.82 lakh people in 11 districts of the state were affected by the extremely severe cyclonic storm Yaas. Similarly, the extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan also affected over 45 lakh people in 10 districts. Two task forces with 25 members each have also been formed for these shelters. He said that the government has also provided necessary training to these task forces to involve them in rescue and relief operations in case of cyclone and flood. He said that the early warning system has also been strengthened and Doppler weather radar stations have been set up at Paradip and Gopalpur.
Rs 1,471 crore loss to Odisha due to cyclones in last two years
Story first published: Friday, November 25, 2022, 18:22 [IST]