Bhubaneswar, August 6 (LocalWire) The Government of Odisha has announced final estimated losses occurred due to cyclone Foni at Rs 24,176 crore, after assessing 15 sectors in a report called Damage and Loss Needs Assessment (DLNA) on Tuesday.
To compensate the Rs 24,176 crore damage and loss need, the state has estimated Rs 29,315 crore required to recover the amount.
“We look forward to international agencies, national NGOs, the private sector and the civil society joining hands in the recovery and reconstruction efforts with affected communities and the Government of Odisha,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the launch of the report event.
The 15 sectors included in the report were social (housing, land, education, cultural heritage and tourism), productive (agriculture, fisheries, and livestock) and cross-cutting areas covering employment, livelihoods, and social protection.
It accounted not just losses incurred due to Foni but the consequential losses arising because of it.
The infrastructure sectors were the hardest hit totalling 42% of the total needs followed by social sector which constitute 36% of the estimate value, according to the report.
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 after the cyclone hit Odisha coast on May 3.
Foni was one of the rarest of rare summer cyclones, the first one to hit in 43 years causing extensive damage in two districts of Puri and Khurda. It impacted life and property of more than 16.5 million people in 14 districts it passed through.
The damage assessment spanned over a period of 20 days comprising a team of more than 100 multispectral along with officials from various departments, local NGOs and eminent experts.
Speaking at the launch of the report, the UN Resident Coordinator in India, Ms. Renata Lok-Dessallien said, “a sustained recovery effort with strong focus on resilient housing, infrastructure and livelihoods will provide an opportunity for building resilience and improving the well-being of the people in the state.”