Cyclone Yaas: PM Modi announces Rs 1,000 crore financial aid for states post aerial survey

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a financial aide of Rs 1,000 crore to Cyclone Yass hit states, including Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand and has ordered immediate relief activities.

The announcement came after he undertook an aerial review of the Cyclone-hit-area of Odisha and Purba Medinipur(West Bengal).  

Out of the Rs 1,000 crore aide, Rs 500 crore would be given to Odisha for carrying out immediate relief work, said a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The remaining amount would be disbursed to West Bengal and Jharkhand after inter-ministerial team visits the states to assess the full extent of damage, it added. 

“Modi announced a financial assistance of Rs 1000 crore for immediate relief activities. Rs 500 crore would be immediately given to Odisha. Another Rs 500 crores has been announced for West Bengal and Jharkhand, which will be released on the basis of the damage,” the PMO said.

“The Union government will deploy an inter-ministerial team to visit the states to assess the extent of damage, based on which further assistance will be given,” the statement further said.

The Prime Minister also announced Rs 2 lakh for the families of people who died due to the Cyclone-led incidents. For the injured, PM Modi has allotted Rs 50,000. 

The Prime Minister also assured the people of Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand that the Centre will closely work with state governments and extend all the possible help to rebuild the devastated infrastructure. 

“The prime minister assured the people of Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand that the Union government would closely work with the state governments at this difficult time, extend all possible assistance for restoration and rebuilding of the infrastructure in the affected areas,” PMO stated.

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The statement from PM Modi’s office further stated that he appreciated the “preparedness and disaster management activities undertaken by the government of Odisha which has resulted in minimal lost of lives”.

The Prime Minister mentioned that Disaster Mitigation has been given emphasis by the Finance Commission too by provisioning for mitigation funds to the tune of Rs 30,000 crore, the PMO statement added. 

Three people died as Yaas hit Odisha; a fourth person died in Bengal’s Digha town, while Bihar suffered one death due to the cyclone. 

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