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Cyclone death toll rises to 41

8/05/2019 at 3:32 PM

Bhubaneswar: The death toll due to cyclone Fani has increased to 41 in Odisha, said Information and Public Relations Department Secretary Sanjay Singh here today.

The highest 21 casualty was reported in Puri district, where the devastating cyclone made landfall on May 3.

According to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, more than 1 crore people in 14,835 villages and 46 towns of 11 districts in the State are affected by the cyclone. In a record-mobilization over 12 lakh people including 2,000 pregnant women were evacuated in less than 24 hours to 9,000 shelters with functional kitchens.

The extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani, that made landfall at Puri on Friday, was one of the “rarest of the rare” summer cyclones – the first to hit Odisha in 43 years.

Puri, which bore the brunt of cyclone Fani, has remained cut off from the rest of the State. Power supply, internet and mobile network were down. It would take a few days before some level of normalcy can be restored in the pilgrim city of Puri.

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