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Cyclone Fani: PM announces Rs 1000 crore more for relief work; praises Naveen Patnaik

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on Monday conducted an aerial survey to take stock of the loss and destruction in areas affected by Cyclone Fani in Odisha and announced Rs 1,000 crore more to the for conducting relief and restoration work. The amount is in addition to the Rs 381 crore announced previously.

The also praised for his handling of the crisis. "Naveen babu has done a very good job, his planning is excellent."

"There has been excellent coordination since the last seven-eight days between the state and central governments. The communication has been perfect. The state government's team was proactive and responsive too. I was also monitoring. The way people of Odisha and fishermen complied with every instruction of government is praiseworthy," Modi said.

Meanwhile, the relief assistance of Rs 1000 crore announced by is in addition to the Rs. 341 crores already released to the on April 29. announced ex-gratia of Rs two lakhs to the next of the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured in the cyclone.

"The central and will continue to work together. In the coming days, relief and restoration work will be done. The had announced Rs 381 crore earlier, a further Rs 1000 crore will be released now. A team of the central government will come to do an assessment of the work," PM Modi said.

He assured the people of the state that the stands shoulder to shoulder with them at this difficult time.

The PM also appreciated the resilience of the people and the fishermen living in the coastal areas. The state government's efforts in evacuating more than one million people to safety and the efforts of Meteorological Department to give accurate forecast were specially appreciated by

"I would like to praise the people of Odisha. Shifting 12 lakh people is not easy. Lives have been saved, that's more important for me. The central government will also give Rs 2 lakhs to the kin of those who have lost their lives due to Cyclone Fani. Also, Rs 50,000 will be given to those who have got injured," Modi said.

While conducting the aerial survey today, Prime Minister Modi was joined Ganeshi Lal, and

PM Modi also held a review meeting with officials.

Earlier, claimed that the Cyclone Fani has led to one of the biggest human evacuations in history as a record 1.2 million people were evacuated in 24 hours including 3.2 lakh from district and 1.3 lakh from Puri.

Cyclone Fani on Friday made landfall in Puri with a wind speed of over 200 kmph. The cyclone, the worst April storm in 43 years, caused "huge damage" in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri and Khordha districts in the state, according to the

'Kuccha' houses were completely destroyed in Puri, parts of Khurda, and other districts. The cyclone tore apart critical infrastructure, especially power, telecom and water supply.

Lakhs of trees were uprooted blocking roads, breaking homes and damaging infrastructure. The cyclone also triggered heavy rainfall in the state. It left at least three people dead and over 160 injured along with leaving behind a trail of destructions that included damaged houses, uprooted trees and


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First Published: Mon, May 06 2019. 13:04 IST