Published: Tue, May 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

PM announces Rs 1000 cr assistance for cyclone-hit Odisha

PM announces Rs 1000 cr assistance for cyclone-hit Odisha

The Prime Minister assured the people of the State that the Union Government stands shoulder to shoulder with them at this hard time.

"Before the cyclone, we had released 381 crore (INR3.81bn) to Odisha and we will now give an additional 1,000 crore (INR10bn) for relief and rebuilding efforts of the state", Modi said.

"There was flawless coordination between the Centre and state governments in the past 7-8 days. I was monitoring the situation", said Modi. He said that the Central Government is fully committed not only for providing immediate relief, but also to ensure rebuilding of the state.

He said the way the people of Odisha complied with every instruction of the government was praiseworthy and it resulted in minimizing casualties. He undertook an aerial survey of Pipili, Puri, Konark, Nimapada and Bhubaneswar. Modi was received by Governor Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on his arrival at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here.

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Thereafter, Prime Minister took a meeting of the senior officers of the State and Central Government to take stock of the damage caused by the cyclone and the relief & rehabilitation measures being undertaken.

Around 1.08 crore people in 14,835 villages spread across at least 11 districts have been affected by the cyclone. Over 13.41 lakh people had been evacuated ahead of the severe cyclonic storm on May 3.

Cyclone Fani on Friday lashed Odisha, triggering heavy rainfall accompanied by wind touching the speed of 200 kmph, and left three persons dead besides over 160 injured, a trail of destruction that included damaged houses, uprooted trees and electricity poles.

In the last 20 years, it built 879 multi-purpose cyclone shelters (there were only 23 in 1999) and embankments to stop the saline ingress in case of a storm surge, trained 400 community volunteers, and sanctioned satellite phones for district collectors and set up a digital mobile radio system to ensure seamless connectivity between field officials and the nodal authority.

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