I.A.S (Retd.)
Union Minister of State For Water Resources River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Parliamentary Affairs Government Of India New Delhi.


Question No - 3075
Answered Date : 16-03-2010


Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:-

(a) whether a number of cyclones have hit the country in the recent past; 

(b) if so, the details thereof alongwith the loss of lives and property during each of the last three years and the current year, State-wise; 

(c) the details of assistance sought by the State Governments and the action taken thereon during the said period, State-wise, including Kerala; 

(d) whether there is any proposal to revise the norms for disbursement of relief funds to the affected States; and 

(e) if so, the details thereof?


(a) to (c): Yes Madam,As per information received from the India Meteorological Department, Ministry of Earth Sciences cyclonic storms/ severe cyclonic storms which crossed Indian coasts during the last three years and current year, are as under:-

Years Date Name of Crossing coast Crossing date & time Cyclone West East coast coast
2006 29-30 Cyclonic Storm - Andhra Pradesh Around 1300 hrs IST of October ‘Ogni’ coast close 30 October to north Baptala
2007 - Nil - - -
2008 13-16 Cyclonic Storm - Andhra Pradesh Between 0330 & 0430 hrs November ‘Khaimukh’ coast close IST of 26 November to north Kavali
25-27 Cyclonic Storm - Tamil Nadu cost Between 0530 & 0630 hrs November ‘Nisha’ north of IST of 27 November Karaikal
2009 23-26 Severe Cyclonic - West Bengal Between 1330 & 1430 hrs May Storm ‘Aila’ coast close to IST of 25 May Sagar Island
9-12 Cyclonic Storm Maha - Between 1530 & 1630 hrs November ‘Phyan’ ras IST of 11 November htra coast between Mumbai and Alibag

During the said period Kerala has not been hit by any Cyclone.A statement showing the details of loss of human lives, livestock and damage to cropped area and houses due to cyclone/ cyclonic storms of severe nature in the affected States as well as assistance sought by these States for immediate relief and action taken thereon during the last three years and the current year is at Annexure. 

(d) & (e): It has generally been a practice to review and revise the items & norms of assistance from Calamity Relief Fund (CRF)/ National Calamity Contingency Fund (NCCF) after the Award of successive Finance Commissions are accepted by the Government. The last such revision was made in June 2007, after the Award of the Twelfth Finance Commission (2005-10). 

These items & norms are revised from time-to-time based on the recommendations of the Expert Group constituted by the Government of India. In order to have wider consultations, Expert Group take into consideration the views of State Governments and line Central Ministries. These norms are applied uniformly to all the States, while providing assistance from CRF/ NCCF. 

The Ministry of Home Affairs has constituted an Expert Group on 27th October 2009 to review and recommend revision of the items and norms of assistance from Relief funds for the period 2010-11 to 2014-15, in accordance with the recommendations of the 13th Finance Commission as accepted by the Government of India.