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Odisha: To roll out massive loan plan for cyclone Fani victims by Debabrata Mohanty June 12,2019   |  Source: Hindustan Times

The Odisha government plans to give loans upto Rs 10000 to people whose lives and property were destroyed in Puri and Khurda districts by cyclone Fani. As per the final loss assessment submitted by the state government to the Centre, at least 64 people were killed, 12 seriously injured and over 1.6 crore people affected in 14 districts. Though the government estimates the loss to the public properties at Rs 6643.63 crores, officials say, actual loss estimate may go up several times, if the value of each of the destroyed coconut trees, banana farms, fowls, livestock, boats, fishing nets, and shops are assessed.

The disaster left a massive economic loss in its wake by ripping apart over 5.56 lakh houses fully or partially. It also destroyed crops in 1.88 lakh hectares of area and 5.32 million poultry birds were also lost or killed - the highest in any natural disaster so far. Similarly, over 6200 large and small animals like cows, buffalo, goats and sheep died in the cyclone. In Puri district alone- the ground-zero of the cyclone- at least 1.2 million coconut palms spread over 8000 hectares were damaged, throwing the future of over 50,000 farmers into uncertainty.

Over 30,000 fishermen lost their livelihood as close to 6,400 traditional marine fishing boats and 7,240 fishing


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