Modis announcement came after he visited the worst-affected areas of Visakhapatnam and had a review meeting with chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and top government officials. Modi, who undertook an aerial survey of the affected areas of both north coastal Andhra and Odisha, also declared R2 lakh from Prime Ministers Relief Fund for families of each of those killed and R50,000 to every injured. He commended the state government for using modern technology in minimising the losses.
He also praised the courage and resilience of the people of Visakhapatnam and expressed confidence that the city would be back to normal soon. Earlier, Modi had said that Visakhapatnam would be made a smart city. In spite of the temporary setback, he said that there was no doubt Vizag would soon be developed into a smart city with both central and state government working together for this transformation.
AP chief minister Chandrababu Naidu had urged the Centre to treat the devastation caused by cyclone Hudhud as a national calamity and requested an assistance of R2,000 crore. The disaster management department of Andhra Pradesh said in a statement that the death toll in the tragedy stood at 21.
Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh government has revised upwards the government compensation norms for the cyclone-affected districts of the state, including ex-gratia payment to the families of the deceased. As per the new norms, the compensation has now been enhanced to R5 lakh per deceased person from R1.5 lakh earlier.
The state has decided to increase the amount to be compensated to people for loss of crops, infrastructure and damage to property. The norm for compensation to affected weavers and fishermen has also been revised upwards, apart from enhancing the compensation for damage to houses. In the case of fishermen, the money has been enhanced to replace damaged and lost boats and nets. The weavers community will get R10,000 from R5,000 for replacement of fully damaged loom.