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Last Updated Saturday December 16 2017 01:21 PM IST

Cyclone Ockhi: Kerala pegs losses at over Rs 25 crore

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Kanyakumari

Thiruvananthapuram: Preliminary estimates by various government departments have pegged the overall damage caused by the Ockhi cyclone to the state at over Rs 25 crore.

According to the revenue department, the estimated damage and loss from the cyclone to houses and infrastructure is around Rs 8 crore whereas crop loss due to heavy rains and winds during the past one week has been tentatively put at Rs 10 crore by the agriculture department.

Damage to electrical installations has caused an approximate monetary loss of Rs 4 crore to the State Electricity Board.

The fisheries department is yet to ascertain the extent of damage to trawling boats and canoes.

Once the final report is taken into account, the net loss could be around Rs 30 crore, officials said.

The financial loss suffered by the state during the 2005 tsunami was Rs 1,358 crore.

As many as 1,126 houses were damaged across the state due to the Ockhi-induced incessant rains and seawater incursion.

According to preliminary estimate based on inputs received from different districts, the cyclone has left 579 houses fully damaged in Thiruvananthapuram district, followed by Ernakulam (374), Kollam (138), Alappuzha (28), Kottayam (1), Palakkad (4), and Kasaragod (4).

The revenue department has instructed village offices in the affected areas to prepare a report on the extent of damage to properties.

Thiruvananthapuram district has been subjected to Ockhis fury the most with an estimated loss of Rs 4 crore, while Ernakulam has suffered a loss of over Rs 2.5 crore.

As many as 6,335 persons have been relocated to thirty-two relief camps across the state. Ernakulam, with 2,648 people, has the maximum number of inmates accommodated at relief camps, followed by Thiruvananthapuram (2,671 persons in 13 camps), Kollam (273), Alappuzha (220), Kottayam (120), Wayanad (527), Kannur (49), and Kasaragod (49).

As per official data, 2,040 farmers in the state bore the brunt of the unseasonal rain. Preliminary estimates put crop loss in 278 hectares at Rs 9,74,47,170. The government would provide a compensation of Rs 43 lakh to the victims as interim relief.

The following is the district-wise crop loss: Thiruvananthapuram district suffered a loss in 209 hectares; Kollam 328 ha; Pathanamthitta 73 ha, Kottayam 645 ha, Idukki 2 ha, Ernakulam 78 ha, and Wayanad 143 ha.

Read: Latest Kerala News | Timely alerts were issued on Cyclone Ockhi, says INCOIS

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