Bhubaneswar, Oct 13:
Seven persons were killed while more than one crore across 13 districts were affected by Pailin, the very severe cyclonic storm that battered large parts of the Odisha coast on Saturday, the state government said on Sunday.
Two persons each were killed in Ganjam and Khurda while Jagatsinghpur, Puri and Balasore reported one casualty each, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra told reporters after a high level meeting to take stock of the damage caused by the cyclone here today.
The SRC said over 2, 34, 000 houses had been damaged and standing crops over nearly 5 lakh hectares were damaged causing loss worth about Rs 2, 300 crores by Pailin.
Mohaptra attributed the low casualty to the massive evacuation effort launched by the government, which saw about 8.75 lakh people living close to the sea shifted to safer place with 1.8 lakh being evacuated in Ganjam, which bore the brunt of the cyclonic fury.
The SRC said there was no immediate threat of floods in the Mahanadi system though he did admit that Rushikulya, Brahmani and Budhabalanga may see moderate floods.
He said tthe 18 fishermen stranded mid sea since Friday off the coast of Paradip were finally rescued by Coast Guard vessel and brought ashore to Ersama after two failed attempts on Saturday. They were sent to their homes after being given first aid, he said.