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Cyclone Fani: Toll in Odisha rises to 64

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The toll in due to cyclone 'Fani' sharply rose to 64, with 21 fresh casualties confirmed by the on Sunday.

The 'extremely severe' cyclonic storm, which made landfall in with wind speed of up to 240 kmph on May 3, has left at least 241 people injured, an said.

The toll, which was 43 till Saturday, rose to 64, as 18 more casualties were reported from the worst-hit district and four more from district.

However, the government, which had earlier put the toll in at four, brought the number of casualties due to the cyclone in the district down to three on Sunday.

The highest number of 39 deaths were reported from district, followed by nine in district, six in district, four in Mayurbhanj, and three each from Kendrapara and district, an at the (SEOC) said.

Of the 64 deaths, 25 were due to wall collapse, 20 more were crushed under uprooted trees and six died of roof collapse. The cause of 13 casualties is yet to be ascertained.

Meanwhile, an SEOC report said 241 people sustained injuries in the cyclone, of whom 160 belong to Puri district alone, followed by Jajpur, where 74 people were injured.

Narendra Modi, during his visit to the cyclone-affected areas on May 6, had announced Rs two lakh ex-gratia each for the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured.

The cyclone has affected more than 1.65 crore people in 18,168 villages and 52 urban areas spread over 14 districts, and rendered over five lakh families homeless.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 20:31 IST
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