Cyclone Amphan Latest Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting with senior officials and minister of the state in Bhubaneswar after his aerial survey of the areas affected due to clone Amphan. CM Naveen Patnaik, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Sarangi were also present. The Centre announced Rs 500 Crore for Odisha, as a measure in advance. “Government will further help Odisha government and make rest of the arrangements to come out of this crisis, after the complete survey and the formation of a rehabilitation plan,” Prime Minister Modi said.
Earlier today, PM Modi visited West Bengal and announced an advance assistance fund of Rs 1,000 crore for relief and rehabilitation work to be undertaken in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan. PM Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today undertook an aerial survey of damages caused by cyclone Amphan and held review meet in Basirhat with top government officials. The Prime Minister also announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia to the kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 to the injured ones from the PM Relief Fund. From here, PM will visit Odisha to review the situation and hold a meeting with CM Naveen Patnaik. PM Modi reached Kolkata earlier this morning and held a short meeting with CM Mamata ahead of an aerial survey.
This is PM Modi’s first visit outside since March 24, the day the nationwide lockdown was announced. CM Mamata Banerjee said that 80 people have lost their lives and contended that the calamity is ‘more than a national disaster’. The Prime Minister’s visit comes a day after Mamata urged PM Modi to visit the affected areas and sought financial help for the state. The Prime Minister has assured that the Centre was working in close coordination with the West Bengal government to help those affected. “No stone will be left unturned in helping the affected,” he tweeted. PM Modi