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PM Modi undertakes aerial survey of cyclone-
PM Modi undertakes aerial survey of cyclone-affected Odisha

BHUVNESHWAR.Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of the damage caused by Cyclone Fani in an aerial survey of cyclone-ravaged areas of Odisha. In what was a reflection of the close co-ordination with which the Centre and state authorities worked to deal with the natural disaster.

Prime Minister was accompanied by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the aerial survey.

Prime Minister held a review meeting with Central and State government officials and directed that restoration work be concluded expeditiously while assuring all possible help to the state.

Prime Minister announced an additional central assistance of Rs. 1,000 crore for relief works in the state and with an eye on long-term planning mooted a long-term disaster mitigation plan for all coastal states, which are vulnerable to such calamities.

Prime Minister conducts aerial survey of Odisha's cyclone-hit areas; announces additional central assistance of 1000 crore for Odisha

Relief, restoration and rehabilitation work is gathering pace in Odisha after Cyclone Fani that made landfall on its coast on Friday left a trail of devastation in the areas affected by its ferocity.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an aerial survey of Odisha's cyclone-hit areas on Monday to review the damage caused by the cyclone.

He undertook an aerial survey of Pipili, Puri, Konark, Nimapada and Bhubaneswar and was accompanied by odisha Governor Professor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

Soon after, the Prime Minister took a review meeting with senior officers of the Central and state Government to take stock of the damage caused by the cyclone and the relief & rehabilitation measures being undertaken.

The Prime Minister assured all possible assistance to the State and announced an immediate assistance of Rs. 1000 crore.

Expressing solidarity with the people of Odisha, the Prime Minister said that the Central Government is fully committed not only to provide immediate relief, but also to ensure rebuilding of the state.

He lauded the Odisha govt for evacuating over 12 lakh people to safe places before the cyclone hit the state while expressing satisfaction with the co-ordination between the Centre and the state authorities in dealing with the cyclone.

PM TAKES STOCK OF CYCLONE'S AFTERMATH
The Prime Minister assured that a Central team will visit the State soon to assess the extent of damage to infrastructure, housing, fishermen and farms and relief to be provided to the State.

He directed Central and State Government officers of Power, Telecom and Railways to ensure restoration of services at the earliest and the Road and Surface Transport Ministry to take effective steps for repair of damaged roads.

He asked insurance companies to dispatch their observers immediately to the flood hit areas to assess crop insurance related claims of farmers and provide them relief at the earliest.

He announced compensation of Rs. 2 lakh for the next of kin of the deceased and 50,000 rupees to those seriously injured.

Days before the cyclone made landfall, the Centre released an assistance of 381 crore rupees to Odisha.

Additional assistance of Rs. 1000 crore for the state was announced on Monday.

The extremely severe cyclonic storm has claimed at least 34 lives in Odisha.

The devastation was not as severe in West Bengal but the cyclone became a political flashpoint in the state with the Prime Minister coming down heavily on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in an election rally in the state saying such is her arrogance that she did not respond to his phone calls on the cyclone.

Prime Minister lauded the relief agencies for working tirelessly in a co-ordinated fashion to minimize the loss of lives by Cyclone Fani.

He also mooted a long term disaster mitigation plan for coastal states that regularly deal with such natural disasters to help them further improve their state of preparedness and minimise the extent of damage such disasters cause.(UPDATED ON MAY 6TH, 2019)


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