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Priya Ranjan Sahu , Hindustan Times
Bhubaneswar, October 16, 2013
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to grant an initial amount of Rs. 1,000 crore for relief and restoration work for the twin tragedy of Cyclone Phailin and subsequent floods in the state. “I would request you to release an advance of Rs. 1,000 crore over and above the corpus of Rs. 523 crore available in the State Disaster Response Fund for 2013-14. This will meet our immediate requirements. A detailed report in the form of a memorandum shall be presented soon after the assessment damage,” Patnaik said in a letter to the Prime Minister.

Odisha was hit by the severe cyclonic storm on the night of October 12. The storm and subsequent flood have caused damage and destruction in 17 districts of the state. Ganjam district, where the cyclone made a landfall, has been the worst-affected.

At least 28 persons lost their lives due to the cyclone, out of which seven died in the floods. The cyclone uprooted lakhs of trees, damaged houses and devastated electricity infrastructure in the affected districts.