After Cyclone Fani hit Odisha and West Bengal which claimed 12 lives, the states have begun the work of rescue and relief.
The stark visuals above show how the regions have been left ravaged by Fani. One can see the impact of the cyclone on a huge open area presumably a stadium, several grounds, schools, residential and commercial areas etc.
As seen in the video above, vast areas of land remain bereft of humanity with several structures showing the damage owing to the cyclone. Most of the smaller structures have been completely destroyed and will have to be rebuilt from the stratch.
Cyclone Fani had unleashed copious rain and a windstorm that gusted up to 175 kmph on Odisha, killing at least 12 people, blowing away thatched houses, and swamping towns and villages.
‘Fani’, or the ‘Hood of Snake’, had made landfall around 8 am in Puri on May 3, with roaring winds flattening huts, enveloping the town in sheets of rain, and submerging homes.
Though it unexpectedly weakened into a ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm in a matter of a few hours, it left a trail of devastation over large parts of coastal Odisha, with Puri being the worst hit.
Ahead of the cyclone, nearly 12 lakh people were evacuated and shifted to safer locations within 24 hours from about 10,000 villages and 52 urban agglomerations in probably the largest such exercise at the time of a natural calamity in the country.
PM Narendra Modi and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik conducted an aerial survey of Cyclone Fani on Monday. Governor Ganeshi Lal, CM Naveen Patnaik and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan were also present. PM Modi later announced Rs 1,000 crore aid to Odisha. He also announced ex-gratia for the families which suffered casualties.
"We had sent Rs 381 crore to Odisha before the cyclone had hit the state and now will be releasing Rs 1,000 crore aid. The families of those who lost their lives will receive Rs 2 lakh from the Centre and those who were injured will receive Rs 50,000," he said.