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Modi to visit Odisha, West Bengal on Friday to assess impact of Cyclone Yaas
New Delhi, May 27, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Odisha and West Bengal tomorrow for an asessment of the damges caused by Cyclone Yaas which hit the two states yesterday.
An official press release said Modi would chair review meetings in the two states with senior officials.
He will also undertake an aerial survey of the areas affected by the cyclone in the two states.
The Prime Minister chaired a meeting here today to review the impact of the cyclone, when officials made a detailed presentation on various aspects of preparedness, assessment of damages and related matters.
The meeting was told that about 106 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were deployed, including 46 teams each in West Bengal and Odisha. The teams rescued more than 1,000 people and removed more than 2,500 trees and poles that had been uprooted and had obstructed roads.
The Army and the Coast Guard also rescued marooned persons, while the Navy and Air Force were on the alert.
"Though the states are engaged in the assessment of damages caused in aftermath of cyclone Yaas, from the preliminary reports available, it is seen that thanks to accurate forecasting, effectively communicating to the people in the affected areas and evacuation in a timely manner by States and Central agencies have ensured minimal loss of human life. At the same time, due to inundation, there have been damages, which are being assessed. Power and telecom services have been restored in most of the affected areas," the release said.
The Prime Minister noted the effective and pro-active role played by the Central and state agencies in responding to the challenges thrown by the cyclone and advised the agencies to ensure that normal life is restored in the affected areas at the earliest and relief is appropriately disbursed to persons affected by the cyclone.
The Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, the Cabinet Secretary, the Home Secretary, Secretary, Power, Secretary, Telecom, the Director General of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and other senior officials participated in the meeting.