Bhubaneswar, May 5 (LocalWire): Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday appreciated the selfless effort of the volunteers, officials, PRI members and staff who worked tirelessly round the clock for 24 hours and pulled off the feat to get around 1.2 million people to safety, one of the biggest human evacuations in history.
Pattnaik hailed each and every one of the 4.5 crore people involved in the entire process, the evacuees and the rescuers.
A record 1.2 million people were evacuated in 24 hours. 3.2 lakh from Ganjam and 1.3 lakh people from Puri, he added. a record 1.2 million people were evacuated in 24 hours.
In a press conference, the CM said Fani was one of the rarest summer cyclones, and the first one in 43 years to hit Odisha and one of the three to hit in the last 150 years.
Cyclone Fani made a landfall in Puri with a wind speed of more than 200 kmph and gusting speed of 240 kmph.
Preliminary reports suggest the districts of Puri, parts of Khurda, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Nayagada have been completely destroyed.