22 May 2020
Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an advance assistance of Rs 500 crore for Odisha towards the loss and damage sustained under the impact of Super Cyclone Amphan that brushed past the State on May 20 before making a landfall near Sunderbans in neighbouring West Bengal.
"I had a detailed review of the losses in agriculture, housing, power, communication and infrastructure. The State government placed before me all in detail. The State Goverment here will very soon submit a report after assessing losses to the Government of India. The Government of India team too will arrive immediately and after reviewing the situation in matters of long term relief, restoration, rehabilitation will take the job ahead but keeping in mind emergency needs I have decided to provide advance assistance of Rs 500 crore on behalf of the Government of India," said Modi briefing newsmen at the airport.
He stated that once the complete survey is over, the planning for rehabilitation is ready, the Government of India will work hand in hand with the State government to come out of this crisis and development of the State.
Modi thanked and praised Chief Minister Patnaik for saving the lives of the people during the cyclone.
Earlier to the meeting, the Prime Minister had undertaken an aerial survey of the affected districts on an Air Force helicopter accompanied by State Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Patnaik.
Modi made the announcement after holding a meeting with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik which was attended by Governor Prof Lal, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Chandra Sarangi and senior officials of the State Government which included Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradip Jena, Agriculture Secretary Sourabh Garg and other senior officials of various other departments.
As per preliminary estimates by the State Government 44.80 lakh people have been affected in 1,500 gram panchayats.
Similary, 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 bore 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 had announced an advance assistance of Rs 1,000 crore.