India: Cyclone [OCHA-02: 11-Jun-98]

India: Cyclone [OCHA-02: 11-Jun-98]



Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
India - Cyclone
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
11 June 1998

1. The UN Resident Coordinator in New Delhi provided the following update (as per official sources) on the impact of the cyclone which hit Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajastan States.

2. Gujarat: A total of 550 persons have lost their lives in the districts of Kutch (423), Porbandar (13), Jamnagar (59), Junagadh (5), Bhavnagar (1), Banskatha (3), Surat (1), Bharuch (2), Rajkot (37), Valsad (4), Amreli (1) and Navsari (1). 850 persons were injured and hospitalised. 104 persons are missing. Due to strong winds, a microwave tower in Porbandar city collapsed causing disruption of the telecommunications system. A large number of electric and telephone poles and trees have fallen. Petroleum installations, including pipelines and tanks, have also suffered damage in Kandla.

3. 64 relief camps have been opened and over 27,000 persons have been given shelter in the districts of Kutch, Jamnagar and Junagadh. In Jamnagar and Porbandar Districts, the army is assisting the district officials in rescue and evacuation of people from marooned areas and providing medical aid and distribution of food packets. 5 helicopters have been positioned at Jamnagar and Bhuj.

4. The Union Home Minister is visiting the affected areas to review the relief and rehabilitation measures. From the Government of India's Calamity Relief Fund for 1998-99, an amount of Rs. 29.03 million (approximately USD 738,670) has been released to the State of Gujarat. An amount of Rs. 50,000 (approximately US Dollars 1,270) to the kins of each deceased is being released from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund.

5. Rajasthan: A total of 5 persons have died in Barmer and 1 in Jallore District. 4 persons are reported to be injured in Jallore District. Some parts of Barmer and Jodhpur Districts received heavy rainfall (125 to 240 mm) resulting in damage to about 150 electric poles and some trees.

6. Maharashtra: According to the Government of Maharashtra, two fishermen are reported missing in Ratnagiri district.

7. The Government has not made any appeal for international assistance.

8. This situation report and further information on ongoing emergencies are also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int

Telephone number: +41-22-917 12 34 Desk Officers: Ms. S. Metzner-Strack/Ms. M. Kondo, OCHA Disaster Response Branch, direct Tel. +41-22-917 21 44 / 917 19 97 Press to contact: Ms. E. Ponomareva, direct Tel. +41-22-917 23 36 Fax: +41-22-917 00 23 E-mail: info@dha-unicc.org

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