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Odisha and Andhra Pradesh: Cyclone Gulab may have caused damages worth Rs.2,000 crore by Jayashree Nandi October 04,2021   |  Source: The Hindustan Times

The economic impact of cyclone Gulab that hit Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts is estimated to be around Rs.2,000 crore, with much of it being borne by farmers, according to RMSI, a global disaster risk management firm. “Gulab is a very unique cyclone as it made landfall in AP, crossed large parts of India and moved out into the Arabian Sea over Maharashtra and intensified again,” said Pushpendra Johari, senior vice-president-sustainability, RMSI. The bulk of the losses is estimated from agriculture (about 70%), followed by damages to buildings at about 20% (including 50% residential, 32% industrial and 18% commercial), according to RMSI’s assessments. Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts in Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam and Gajapati districts in Odisha faced maximum winds due to Gulab while East Godavari, West Godavari, Guntur, Krishna, Prakasam, Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam districts in Andhra Pradesh saw floods. In Odisha, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Puri, Jajapur, Jagatsinghpur, Baleswar, Khorda and Cuttack also saw flooding, according to RMSI. “The governments of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh proactively took measures to reduce impact.

Odisha’s chief minister Naveen Patnaik set a ‘zero casualty’ target in the coastal districts of the state as the Odisha government

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