Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced financial assistance of Rs 500 crore for Odisha after an aerial survey of the areas affected by cyclone Amphan.
“For urgent needs, the Government of India announced Rs 500 crore for Odisha, as a measure in advance. The Centre 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.
“The world is fighting to save lives. In this situation in India all the state governments, the central government and the people are engaged in the fight against COVID. At such a time, we had a super cyclone in some parts. This became very worrying. At the same time, thanks to well-established processes in Odisha, many lives were saved. I appreciate Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his administration,” said Modi.
“Odisha has seen less devastation than West Bengal. I made a detailed review of damage to housing, agriculture, electricity, communication and infrastructure. The Odisha government will soon calculate the damage and send a report to the Indian government. A team from the Central government will come here immediately. Work will start by giving priority to relief, restore and rehabilitation,” he added.
Expressing solidarity with the people of Odisha and deep grief for the lives lost, the Prime Minister announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2-2 lakh to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured in the cyclone in the state.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi announced a relief package of Rs 1,000 crore for West Bengal and made an aerial survey of the areas affected by cyclone Amphan.