Cyclone ‘FANI’ claims seven lives in Odisha: Govt report

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Bhubaneswar: Cyclone ‘FANI’, one of the strongest storms to batter the Indian subcontinent in decades, reportedly claimed seven lives in Odisha.

According to the special relief commissioner (SRC), seven people have died due to various reasons during cyclone FANI.

The government data say, six people died in Nimapara of which five deaths caused by wall collapse while one died in tree felling while taking shelter in a masjid during the cyclone.

The deceased were identified as Benudhar Khuntia (64) of Barisahi, Rasmita Swain (26), Laxmidhar Pani (56) of Bamanala, Soumyakanta Behera (21) of Haripur, Panchanan Behera of Gadapadanpur and Amzad Khan of Ucchupur Basti.

On the other hand, the unofficial sources put the death toll at 40 in Odisha. According to unofficial sources, 24 people have died in Puri alone. Among the nine people died in wall collapse, five were from Nimapara.

Likewise, seven people died while venturing out during the cyclone. Six others have died due to other reasons.

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