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Farmers affected by Cyclone Yaas

Cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’ affected three States namely Odisha, West Bengal, and Jharkhand. The Central Government, even before the receipt of memoranda from State Governments, constituted Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (MCTs), which visited the affected areas of Odisha and West Bengal.

As per the memoranda/situation reports received from the affected State Governments, details of reported losses/damages are given as under:-

                                                                                                             (Provisional)

StateHuman lives lostHouses/ huts damagedCattle lostThe cropped area affected(in ha.)Fishermens’ Boats & nets damaged
Odisha318,094725672.9940-boats &      14-nets
West BengalApprox3 lakh117401708914353-boats & 18078-nets
Jharkhand41,508374.94

The primary responsibility of disaster management rests with the State Governments. The State Government concerned, in the wake of a natural disaster, provides necessary relief to affected people, including farmers, from SDRF already placed at their disposal in accordance with Government of India approved items & norms. Additional financial assistance is provided from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), as per laid down procedure in case of disaster of ‘severe nature.  In addition, farmers are entitled to compensation under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna (PMFBY) of the Ministry of Agriculture, which is being implemented by the State Governments.

In the aftermath of Cyclone ‘Yaas’, the Central Government had released the additional financial assistance of Rs. 500 crore to Odisha, Rs. 300 crores to West Bengal, and Rs. 200 crores to Jharkhand, in advance, from NDRF for management of relief necessitated by cyclonic storm ‘Yaas’. Besides, Central Government has released the first installment of the Central share of SDRF for 2021-22 amounting to Rs. 8873.60 crore on 29th April 2021 in advance to all States, including the cyclone-affected States.

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This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Nityanand Rai in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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