PM Modi praises Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik on tackling Cyclone Fani
By IndiaToday 06-May-2019
Speaking to reporters PM Modi said, "The Patnaik-led government has done a commendable job in evacuating coastal areas to avoid loss of lives. A central team will be visiting the state soon to assess the extent of loss and damage".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also conducted an aerial survey of cyclone-ravaged areas of Odisha and announced additional central assistance of Rs 1000 crore for relief works in the state.
The Centre had earlier released in advance Rs 381 crore for the state. The cyclone left a trail of destruction in the state and left at least 34 dead.
The state government, as part of its preparations to combat the cyclone, had shifted around 12 lakh people from the coastal areas to safer places.
Underlining the need for coordination between the Centre and the states during times of crisis, the Prime Minister said a "long-term" plan will be prepared to deal with such disasters in future.
"The Centre is committed to provide all possible efforts to Odisha for its restoration work. I would like to congratulate the people of the state for their timely efforts to battle the cyclone. The government will extend all help to the fishermen and other affected people," he added.
Shortly after his return from the survey, he held a review meeting with Patnaik and other senior officials.
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