Bhubaneswar, August 19 (LocalWire) The Union Government has approved second phase financial assistance to Odisha for a sum of Rs. 3338.22 crore, to be utilised for recovery and damage repairs caused by Foni cyclone that hit the state on May 3 this year.
This is in addition to the Rs 340.87 crore initial assistance provided by the Centre, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state, according to a press release issued by the Government of India Tuesday.
The total assistance provided by the central government for Foni amounts to Rs.3,679.09 crore as of now.
In addition to the financial assistance, an ex-gratia sum of Rs. 2 lakh were provided to next of the kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 to seriously injured in the Cyclone from PM’s Relief Fund.
The decision to allocate financial assistance to Odisha and other states affected by natural calamities was taken by Home Minister Amit Shah in a High Level Committee (HLC) meeting held on Monday at New Delhi.
Earlier this month, announcing its final estimate of losses occurred due to cyclone Foni the state government had said that the total loss and needs assistance for the cyclone-hit areas has been pegged at Rs 24,176 crore, after assessing 15 sectors in association with the United Nations.
An earlier provisional estimate of the state government had estimated about Rs 12,000 crore damage, primarily taking into account the losses to government property and expenses for relief works.
The state suffered huge damage to power and telecom infrastructure accompanied by damages of houses, hotels, and temporary cabin shops and crop damage due to Foni cyclone.