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Dhenkanal loses nearly 10 thousand trees in Phailin cyclone
At least 9,500 trees were deracinated during Phailin cyclone last year in Dhenkanal and efforts are on to salvage the woods, said P K Sahoo, Divisional Forest Officer on Saturday.

The local contractors have been assigned the job to cut trees, collect firewood while preventing the theft of the same by the Odisha Forest Development Corporation. “The contractors are doing their work and it will need some more time as the trees have also been uprooted in some Maoist affected areas,” said Sahoo.

The total damage percentage could be known only after the contractors finished their work. “Kamakhya Nagar was worst affected as nearly 5000 trees were uprooted in the area,” said Sahoo.

The forest department will launch plantation drives in all the affected area but its intensity, in words of Sahoo, depends on “financial support from the state government.”The contractors will send the collected wood to OFDC, where it will be sold.

Trees were uprooted mostly in those parts of the forests, where it is not thickly populated.Dhenkanal forest provides habitation to Elephants, Wolves, Bears, Spotted deer, Wild Boar, Jackals, Hornbills etc. “Animals were less affected as they reside in the inner parts of the forest”, said Sahoo.

Phailin not only damaged parts of Dhenkanal forests but had a wide devastating impact across Odisha. The State Forest Department has said that more than one lakh trees uprooted during the cyclone Phailin on October 12 and 13 each in Ganjam and Gajapati districts. According to Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Baripada circle has reported damage to at least 30,000 trees in Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts. Forest Division of Bhubaneswar estimated that around 25,000 trees were uprooted during the cyclone.

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