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After cyclone Fani, deer gradually return to Balukhanda wildlife sanctuary

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Nearly 4,000 deer missing since the devastating hit have started returning to the Balukhanda wildlife sanctuary in Puri, according to forest officials.

Sanjaya Singh Secretary, Information and Public Relations Department, on Wednesday said forest rangers reported that the deer have begun returning to the sanctuary situated in the district which bore the maximum brunt of the cyclone that made landfall on May 3.

"in which was on the route of the was badly damaged. It had a large presence of deer. Fortunately, we were able to locate the deer that had gone to different areas.

"The deer are gradually returning. All their habitat has been damaged and the government will take special measures to rebuild that habitat which was there for the wildlife," Singh said.

The spread over an area of 71 square kilometres is home to around 4000 spotted deer along with wild boar, jackals, striped hyenas and wolves.

The sanctuary is stretched along the coast between and Konark which was the worst affected region from as lakhs of trees were uprooted.

After the cyclone passed over not even a single deer was found in the area. Forest department officials began a search for them in groups. The declared to deploy drone cameras to spot them.

The death toll in due to cyclone Fani has touched 64 with Puri recording the maximum number of casualties at 39, according to official estimates released by the on May 11 .

According to government data, livestock casualties are over 34 lakhs and over one crore sixty-five lakh people were adversely affected by 'Fani' in the state.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 23:38 IST