Modi reviews damage in Odisha, West Bengal due to cyclone Yaas
Kolkata/Bhubaneswar, May 28, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced a financial assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for immediate relief activities in Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand during a visit to the region for an assessment of the damages caused by Cyclone Yaas which hit these states on May 26.
Of the amount for Odisha, Rs 500 crore would be immediately given to Odisha, an official press release said.
Another Rs 500 crores has been announced for West Bengal and Jharkhand, which will be released on the basis of the damage.
The Prime Minister also undertook an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas in Bhadrak and Baleshwar districts of Odisha, and Purba Medinipur in West Bengal.
In Bhubaneswar, the Prime Minister chaired a meeting to review the relief and rehabilitation measures being undertaken.
The Prime Minister was briefed that maximum damage due to Cyclone Yaas happened in Odisha, and some parts of West Bengal and Jharkhand have also been affected.
"Shri Modi announced a financial assistance of Rs 1000 crore for immediate relief activities. Rs 500 crore would be immediately given to Odisha. Another Rs 500 crores has been announced for West Bengal and Jharkhand, which will be released on the basis of the damage. The Union 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 release said.
The Prime Minister assured the people of Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand that the Union Government would closely work with the State Governments at this difficult time, and extend all possible assistance for restoration and rebuilding of the infrastructure in the affected areas.
He expressed his complete solidarity with all those who suffered due to the cyclone and expressed deep sorrow to the families who have lost their 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.
Modi said that the country had 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 has resulted in minimal loss of lives. He also noted that the state has 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.