Cyclone Tauktae killed 67 people in Gujarat in 2021: 8,629 cattle dead, says Centre.
Cyclone Tauktae killed 67 people and left 8,629 head of cattle dead in Gujarat, which are the largest casualties among the five states negatively affected by the cyclone on the west coast of India.
The cyclone, which made landfall in the state in May, also damaged 88,910 houses, 475 boats and adversely affected 1.49 billion hectares of crops in Gujarat, the central government in Lok Sabha declared in response to a question from 13 members. of Parliament on the cyclone. Tauktae and Yaas on Tuesday.
Compared to the registered victims in Gujarat, one person died in the territory of the Union of Dadra Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, which shares borders with the state. Cyclone Tauktae also killed 22 people and 34 cattle in Maharashtra, three people and 160 cattle in Goa, six people and two cattle in Karnataka, and 11 people and 91 cattle in Kerala, according to the response given by the Center. The cyclone also damaged 1,215 ships and 21,836 nets in Maharashtra and 29 ships in Daman and Diu. In Karnataka 263 ships and in Kerala 125 ships were damaged.
A large number of casualties were reported in Gujarat despite the fact that more than 2.38 lakhs of people were evacuated from coastal areas before the cyclone made landfall. Of the total 71 NDRF teams deployed to Tauktae, 43 teams, which is more than half, were deployed to Gujarat and had been heavily involved in evacuation work.
While Goa and Kerala did not seek any financial assistance from the Center, Gujarat sought assistance of Rs 9836.01 crore, while Maharashtra and Karnataka sought Rs 92.37 crore and 10.89 crore respectively. The Union Territory of Daman and Diu requested an aid of Rs 56.53 million.
According to state government officials, four departments were hit the hardest by Cyclone Tauktae. While the department of agriculture and horticulture recorded a loss of more than 4 billion rupees, the department of energy and petrochemicals recorded a loss of 2.49 billion rupees. Power supplies continue to be disrupted in parts of Saurashtra due to cyclone damage. Similarly, Industries and Mines reported a loss of 2,177 million rupees and the Gujarat Maritime Board reported a loss of 1,243 million rupees due to the cyclone.
The Center also stated that it had delivered Rs 1,000 crore to Gujarat in advance from the NDRF for the management of the assistance needed by the cyclonic storm.
“So far, we have only received 1 billion rupees from the Center. There has been no comment on this yet and I think the demand from the state government is still under consideration, ”a senior Gujarat government official told The Indian Express on Wednesday.
The Gujarat government first announced a package of Rs 500 crore for farmers and then announced a package of Rs 105 crore for fishermen affected by the cyclone.