Exactly 14 years after the supercyclone stuck Orissa,the Orissa government said the devastation caused by the cyclone Phailin this month and the subsequent floods is higher in scale than what the 1999 supercyclone had caused,although the death toll was relatively negligible this time as compared to the 9,885 then.
The State Monday submitted a fresh memorandum seeking Rs 1,590 crore more as central assistance for immediate repair and relief operations than the earlier demand of Rs 4,242.41 crore submitted to Union home secretary Anil Goswami. The fresh memorandum was submitted to a central team headed by Rashmi Goel of the ministry of home affairs.
The current cyclone and flood is more devastating than the 1999 supercyclone,minus the death toll. The 1999 cyclone affected only 12 districts over a shorter period. But Phailin and 2 successive floods affected 18 districts,12 of which suffered for the second time due to floods last week. So we sought Rs 5,832 crore for immediate relief and restoration works, said special relief commissioner P K Mohapatra.
In the supercyclone,around 1.25 crore people in 12 districts were affected in coastal districts including Jagatsinghpur,Ground Zero of the supercyclone on October 28-29. Floods Jajpur,Bhadrak and Balasore caused much damage. The State government put the death toll at 9,885. The supercyclone affected crops on over 17.33 lakh hectares and damaged 16.5 lakh houses. Officials said Phailin and floods affected over 2.13 crore people in 18 districts damaging crop in over 8.6 lakh hectares and more than 8.2 lakh houses. The death toll was 69 across the state.