23 May 2020
Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now back at the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) at around 5.00 PM after conducting an aerial survey of the Cyclone Amphan affected districts in Odisha.
Modi was accompanied by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and State Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal on the Indian Air Force helicopter during the aerial survey.
The Prime Minister is holding a meeting with the State government officials at the first floor conference hall of the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) for about an hour to discuss on the damages to life and property under the impact of Cyclone Amphan.
Chief Minister Patnaik, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradip Jena, Agriculture Secretary Sourabh Garg and other senior officials of various other departments are present in the meeting, revealed sources.
Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Chandra Sarangi are also present in the meeting.
As per preliminary estimates by the State Government 44.80 lakh people have been affected in 1,500 gram panchayats.
Similarly, crops in over one lakh hectare farmland have suffered damage.
Besides, power distribution infrastructure has been badly affected with twisting and uprooting of electric poles, damage to transformers and substations under the impact of Cyclone Amphan in the four worst-affected districts of Balasore, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Bhadrak.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi had visited West Bengal which has also borne the brunt of the Cyclone which made its landfall near Sunderbans.
Modi accompanied by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the State's Governor made an aerial survey of the affected districts and later after holding a meeting with senior officials announced an advance relief package of Rs 1,000 crore.