Death Toll Rises To 77 In India, Bangladesh Cyclones
Cyclone Fani, the first summer cyclone to hit India’s Bay of Bengal coast in 43 years, made landfall in Odisha state on May 3 packing winds up to 200 kilometres (125 miles) per hour.
The winds damaged half a million houses, uprooted hundreds of thousands of trees and knocked out power, telecommunications and water for millions of people
Angry survivors have even been taking to the streets to protest the slow pace of relief as well as high prices of essential food items and water. On Sunday, demonstrators blocking roads in Odisha’s state capital Bhubaneswar said a lack of coordination among various government agencies was compounding their misery. There is a limit to our patience. We are being made to spend sleepless nights. We have to purchase drinking water at exorbitant prices,” a protester told PTI. Another protester said the government had failed to provide “basic necessities such as water and power despite having promised to restore power supply by Sunday. Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has said the assessment of damaged houses would begin on May 15 and promised financial help to affected families. Senior officers will supervise the assessment process and “all efforts will be made to ensure that not a single beneficiary is left out”, his office tweeted Sunday. On Sunday a nine-member team from Delhi arrived to take stock of the damage. Normally the storms hit around October and November and Fani was only the third cyclone to come off the Bay of Bengal in the summer months in 150 years.In 1999 the same state was hit by a super-cyclone that left nearly 10,000 dead.