Fani death toll touches 64 in Odisha

Wednesday 15th May 2019 06:30 EDT

The Odisha government confirmed 21 more deaths due to Cyclone Fani, which struck the state on May 3. With this, the death toll rose from earlier reported 43 to 64. The special relief commissioner’s situation report confirmed that 39 people died in Puri district alone. This is 18 more than what the government had declared earlier. Three more deaths were confirmed in Khurda district, bringing up the district toll to nine. Out of the 64 people dead, 25 died due to wall collapse, 20 were crushed by uprooted trees, electric poles and hoardings, and six died after being buried under collapsed roofs. The cause of 13 other deaths is yet to be ascertained.

This makes Fani the deadliest cyclone to hit the state after the 1999 Super Cyclone, which killed more than 10,000. In October 2018, 60 people were killed by Cyclone Titli and in October 2013, 44 had perished in Cyclone Phailin (21 by the cyclone and 23 by the resultant floods).

A central inter-ministerial team reached Bhubaneswar to assess the losses caused by Fani. The team will visit the affected areas in Puri, Cuttack and Khurda districts. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik ay said all families whose houses were damaged would be given pucca houses.

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