Hit hardest by Cyclone 'Phailin', the coastal district of Ganjam is estimated to have suffered a loss of at least Rs 3,000 crore in the nature's fury which has deprived lakhs of people of their livelihood and damaged 2.4 lakh houses.
Fishermen have suffered massive losses as their nets, boats and catamarans have been damaged. The farming community has also been hit with the standing paddy crop submerged in water.
Moved by the tragedy that has struck the hapless people here, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, after a visit to relief camps, has ordered payment of Rs 500 each to the affected even as the administration will begin distribution of ration free of cost for two months.
Official sources have pegged the loss in Ganjam at more than Rs 3,000 crore in this district alone. Power infrastructure has been damaged to a great extent.
"There has been extensive damage to the standing paddy crop as a huge area of land covering paddy fields has been submerged in rain water. There has been huge loss to horticulture farming also as an enormous number of mango and coconut trees have been uprooted," District Collector Krishan Kumar told PTI.
He said Ganjam is the worst-affected district in Odisha in terms of loss of livelihood and property.
"More than 2.4 lakh houses have been damaged which includes fishermen huts and other 'kutcha' houses," Kumar said.
A special relief package for fishermen will also be announced by the government.
Fishermen have suffered massive losses as their nets, boats and catamarans have been damaged, the Collector said.
He said nine people have lost lives due to cyclone in this district alone.