PM performs an aerial photograph of Odisha's cyclone-affected areas, announces assistance

BHUBANESWAR: Premier Narendra Modi On Monday, An Aerial View Of Cyclone Destroyed Areas Performed And Announced An Additional Central Aid Of Rs 1,000 Crore For Auxiliary Works In The State.

He Also Called For A Long-term Disaster Reduction Plan For All Coastal States That Are Vulnerable To Such Calamities.

Cyclone ' Fani ' Caused Widespread Destruction In The State On Friday And Claimed At Least 34 Lives.

Noting That The Center Previously Released Rs 381 Crore For The State Prior To The ' Extremely Serious ' Cyclone, Modi Said Another Rs 1,000 Crore Will Be Released Immediately In The Light Of The State Requirement For Fast Help And Repair Work In Areas Affected By The Natural Disaster.

The Center Also Offers Rs 2 Lakh For The Families Of The Deceased And Rs 50,000 For The Wounded In The Storm.

After The Aerial Photo Survey, The Prime Minister Told Journalists:" The Naveen Patnaik-led Government Has Provided A Commendable Task In Evacuating The Coastal Areas To Prevent Loss Of Life."

A Central Team Will Visit Odisha Soon To Make A Detailed Assessment Of The Scope Of Damage Caused By The Cyclone, Which Has Affected More Than One Crore Man In More Than 14,000 State Villages, So Further Help Can Be Provided For Restoring Essential Services, Said Modes, Now Adds That The Focus Is On Restoring Communication And Healthcare And Delivering Water And Power.

A Team Of PMO Officials That Came With Me Will Also Be Stationed In The State To Provide Help, He Said.

With Emphasis On The Fact That Men, Machine And Money Are Essential For Rapid Restoration And Assistance, The Premier Said That Sufficient Manpower, Equipment And Resources Will Be Available And That Both The Center And The State Government Will Work In Coordination To Address The Situation Bridging.

Knowing That Natural Calamities Such As Cyclone Pose A Normal Threat To States Such As Odisha, The Premier Said, A Long-term Plan Will Be Drawn Up For Dealing With Such Disasters In All Coastal States Of The Country.

The Odisha Government Has Been Asked To Draw Up A Blueprint That Sets Out Their Requirements, Which Can Be Included In The Comprehensive Plan, He Said.

Modi Also Praised The People Of Odisha, Especially The Fishermen, For Switching To Safer Places Such As Cyclone Shelter.

Moving More Than 12 Lakh People In A Short Time Is Not A Small Task, It's A Great Job. It Has Kept The Loss Of Human Life To A Minimum. If A Building Collapses, We Can Rebuild It, But Loss Of Life Is Irreplaceable. It Is My Greatest Satisfaction That Human Lives Have Been Saved, He Said.

The Prime Minister Said That He Had Continued To Follow The Cyclone Movement Despite His Hectic Campaign Schedule.

In High Level Meeting On Evaluation At Bhubaneswar Airport, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik An Interim Memorandum Submitted To The Premier Requesting Help From Rs 17,000 Crore.

Patnaik Also Repeated The Demand For According To Odisha, In View Of Often Becoming A Victim Of Natural Calamities.

While Rs 10,000 Crore Is Wanted For Disaster-proof Energy Infrastructure In Coastal Areas, Rs 7,000 Crore Is Required For Construction Of Houses Damaged By The Cyclone, He Said.

The Patnaik Justified The Requirement To Seek A Special Category Status, Said Odisha Had Faced With Cyclone ' Phailin ' In 2013, Followed By ' Hudhud ' In 2014, An Acute Drought In 2015 And Cyclone ' Titli ' In 2018 And Now Cyclone ' Fani '

Such Calamities Have Hit The Economic Backbone Of The State That Can Only Be Cured To A Certain Extent If It Gets A Special Category Status, The Prime Minister Said.

Emphasizing That Odisha Has Set A" Global Standard" In Saving People's Lives During Calamities, Patnaik Said," Now We Need To Work On Setting Up A Benchmark For Disaster-proof Infrastructure."