Fani Aftermath: World Bank teams assess loss in Puri, Cuttack

Puri/Cuttack: More than three weeks after cyclone Fani struck coastal parts of Odisha, two teams of World Bank today visited Puri and Cuttack districts to assess the loss incurred due to the natural disaster.

A 26-member team visited several areas in Puri to assess the damages suffered by educational institutions, healthcare system, tourism, industries, heritage building, power supply system and road infrastructure. Later the team held a meeting with the district collector Balwant Singh and other officials at Puri Circuit House.

“Assessment of damages to buildings and institution is on and the same will be submitted in a day or two whereas house damage assessment is almost 70% over and we will get the report in two days. Horticulture crop assessment will take two more days while paddy damage assessment is over,” Singh said.

“Assessment of damages to veterinary and fisheries is over. The final report will be sent to the government in by the end of this month,” he added.

Another three-member team of World Bank visited Cuttack and collected data on losses incurred due to the extremely severe Cyclone Fani which made landfall on May 3.

At the Cuttack Collectorate, the team held discussions with the sub- collector and other officials.

“An UN Environment team visited the city for rapid assessment of damage due to Cyclone Fani. To understand the extent of damages and bring the cyclone victims into recovery process, the team reviewed the situation. A plan of action will be prepared accordingly and sent to the government soon,” said Cuttack Collector, Aravind Agrawal.