With 21 fresh casualties being confirmed on Sunday, the death toll due to cyclone Fani has swelled to 64 in Odisha. The development comes 9 days after the ‘extremely severe’ cyclonic storm left coastal Odisha under massive destruction.
Earlier, the death toll stood at 43. Maximum casualties were reported from Puri, followed by Khurda (9), Cuttack (6), Mayurbhanj (4), Kendrapara (3) and Jajpur (3), an official at the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) said.
Meanwhile, a nine-member central team reached Odisha on Sunday to assess the damage caused by cyclone Fani. The inter-ministerial team is being led by Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs Vivek Bharadwaj.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has also directed the officials to start assessment of houses damaged in the cyclone, which made landfall in Puri with wind speed of up to 240 kmph on May 3 and has left at least 241 people injured.
Patnaik also directed that the house damage assessment be completed within one week from May 15.