Bhubaneswar, August 13 (LocalWire): Odisha, a state often exposed vagaries of nature’s fury has received an average of Rs 952.53 crore per year since 2014 from the centre as a fund to deal with the challenges of natural disasters.
Overall, the state received Rs 5,715.18 crore from financial year (FY) 2014-15 till July 2019 from disaster response funds, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has stated in its reply to an RTI query by Odia activist Pradip Pradhan.
During this period, the coastal state had been severely hit twice; by cyclone Hudhud in 2014 and cyclone Fani in May this year.
The state also suffered due to massive floods that have hit Odisha almost every year, inundating the coastal and other areas during the past six years.
As per the ministry’s guidelines, the funds were allocated to the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) to support rescue and rehabilitation work in disaster-hit areas of the state.
According to the reply sent by the MHA, the Government of India had provided assistance of Rs 211.125 crore from the SDRF and Rs 788.875 crore from the NDRF to Odisha for management of relief necessitated by the cyclone Fani in May 2019.
It is important to note that the state has suffered loss to the tune of Rs 24,176 crore as severe cyclone storm Fani barreled through the coastal districts on 3 May, this year.
The estimated value of the loss in 15 sectors including agriculture, fishery, and agriculture was based on the disaster Damage, Loss, and Needs Assessment (DLNA) report jointly compiled by the state government, the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations and the World Bank.