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  • PM Modi on visit to West Bengal, Odisha to take stock of situation in wake of Cyclone Amphan

    Published on May 22, 2020

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is presently on a day-long visit to West Bengal and Odisha to take stock of the situation in the wake of Cyclone Amphan. In an instant gesture on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s request the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached Kolkata airport a short while ago. The West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee received the Prime Minister at Netaji Subash Chandra Bose International airport. After reaching at airport, Prime Minister and Chief Minister had a meeting where Ms Banerjee briefed Mr. Modi about the devastation.

    Later, both the leaders have embarked upon an aerial survey of cyclone-ravaged areas in North and South 24 Paraganas District. After aerial survey, they will have an administrative meeting at Bashirhat in North 24 Paraganas District where issues of relief and restoration work will be discussed .

    AIR Correspondent reports that the Super Cyclonic Storm AMPHAN caused severe destruction of life and property in several districts of West Bengal besides damaging standing crops. The death toll in Amphan has risen to 80 as of now. The State Government will hand over a preliminary report of damages to the Prime Minister and may seek financial support from the Centre for relief and reconstruction work. The West Bengal Government has earmarked one thousand crore rupees for relief and restoration work. Still many areas of the state are reeling without electricity and drinking water. Telephone and internet connections in many areas have not yet been restored.

    Home Minister Amit Shah has also assured all the necessary help to the state. A team of Home Ministry will also visit West Bengal soon to assess the extent of damages. Another four teams of National Disaster Response Force are also reaching in the state for relief and restoration work.