Bhubaneswar, June 6 (LocalWire): Odisha chief secretary AP Padhi recently held a meeting with the representatives of World Bank and UN organizations to brief them on the impact and damages caused by the cyclone Fani that hit the state last month.
Underlining the importance of coordination with the international organisations, the chief secretary also informed the international team conducting rapid damage and need assessment about the construction and restoration works being done by the state government.
The high-level meeting was attended by development commissioner Asit Tripathy, agriculture production commissioner Gagan Kumar Dhal, special relief commissioner Bishnupada Sethi and senior officers from different departments.
The assessment team included representatives from UNDP, UNFPA, Unicef, WHO, World Food Programme, Unesco, FAO, ILO, the World Bank and ADB.
Fani was the strongest tropical cyclone to strike Odisha since Phailin in 2013.
The second named storm and the first severe cyclonic storm of the 2019 North Indian Ocean cyclone season, Fani originated from a tropical depression that formed west of Sumatra in the Indian Ocean on April 26.
The cyclonic storm that made landfall on May 3 near Puri took 64 lives and impacted nearly 1.65 crore people across 14 districts of the state.
The cyclone also severely affected water and electricity supply, and telecommunication network in several coastal areas of Odisha.