New Delhi, May 28 (MNN) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday visited Odisha and West Bengal to review the situation in the wake of damage caused by cyclone Yaas.
He undertook an aerial survey of affected areas in Bhadrak and Baleswar districts of Odisha and Purba Medinipur in West Bengal.
Modi announced a financial assistance of Rs 1,000 crore to under immediate relief activities in affected areas — Rs 500 crore to Odisha, and another Rs 500 crore for West Bengal and Jharkhand on the basis of damage.
In Odisha capital Bhubaneswar, the Prime Minister chaired a meeting to review the relief and rehabilitation measures, which was attended by the state Governor and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
The Prime Minister was briefed that the maximum damage was caused in Odisha, even as some parts of West Bengal and Jharkhand were also affected.
The Indian government will deploy an Inter-Ministerial Team to visit the states to assess the extent of damage, based on which further assistance will be given.
The Prime Minister assured the people of the three states that his government would closely work with the states at this difficult time, and extend all possible assistance for restoration and rebuilding of the infrastructure in the affected areas.
Modi also expressed his solidarity with all those who had suffered due to the cyclone and expressed deep sorrow to the families who have lost kin during the calamity.
He announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the seriously injured in the cyclone.
“We have to continue the focus towards more scientific management of disasters. As the frequency and impact of cyclonic systems are increasing in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, communication systems, mitigation efforts and preparedness have to undergo a major change,” he said.
He also spoke about the importance of building trust among people for better cooperation in relief efforts.
Modi appreciated the preparedness and disaster management activities by the government of Odisha which had resulted in minimal loss of lives.
He noted that the state had embarked on long-term mitigation efforts for dealing with such natural disasters.
He also mentioned that disaster mitigation has been given emphasis by the Finance Commission too by provisioning for mitigation funds to the tune of Rs 30,000 crore.