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Central team to arrive in Odisha tomorrow to assess cyclone Yaas damages

Bhubaneswar: A seven-member central team will arrive in Odisha tomorrow to assess the damage caused by cyclone Yaas which hit the State on May 26.

The team headed by a joint secretary rank official of the Home department will visit four cyclone-ravaged districts-Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Mayurbhanj on Monday and Tuesday and make on spot assessment of the damages.

On May 28, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced Rs 500 crore financial assistance for immediate relief activities in Odisha after holding a review meeting with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other officials besides undertaking an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas of the state.

PM Modi appreciated the preparedness and disaster management activities by the Government of Odisha which has resulted in minimal loss of lives.

On June 2, the Odisha government estimated the losses caused by cyclonic storm Yaas at Rs 610 crore.

“A total of 11000 villages and 60 lakh people were affected by Cyclone Yaas, resulting in a loss of government and private property worth Rs 610 crore in the Odisha,” informed State Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra.

After a review meeting by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the chief secretary informed that government property to the tune of Rs 520 crore and private property worth Rs 90 crore had been damaged in the devastating cyclone.

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