PM conducts aerial survey of Odisha’s cyclone-hit areas, announces aid

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Puri: A bird’s eye view of the destruction caused by Cyclone Fani, a day after its landfall, as part of the aeriel surveillance by Coast Guard Dornier aircrafts to assess the damage caused by the cyclone, in Puri, Odisha, Saturday, May 4, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Puri: A bird’s eye view of the destruction caused by Cyclone Fani, a day after its landfall, as part of the aeriel surveillance by Coast Guard Dornier aircrafts to assess the damage caused by the cyclone, in Puri, Odisha, Saturday, May 4, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday conducted an aerial survey to assess the loss and destruction caused by Cyclone Fani in Odisha.

Modi was received by Governor Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on his arrival at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here.

Modi, who has three rallies scheduled later in the day in West Bengal and Jharkhand, immediately proceeded towards his chopper to carry out the survey of the worst-hit Puri district and other affected areas.

At least 34 people were killed during Cyclone ‘Fani’, which barrelled through coastal Odisha on Friday last, causing widespread destruction and leaving hundreds grappling with water shortage and power cut.

The prime minister had on Sunday tweeted, “Will be in Odisha tomorrow morning, where I will review the situation due to Cyclone Fani and hold meetings with top officials. The Centre is committed to providing all possible assistance in relief and rehabilitation measures underway.”

The PM also spoke to the chief minister on Saturday and discussed the situation in the aftermath of Fani, assuring continuous support from the Centre.

According to an official, Modi is scheduled to review the relief and restoration work in the state on his return from the aerial survey.

The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, had on Sunday reviewed relief measures in affected areas of Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

(PTI)