PRIME Minister Narendra Modi announced advance assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for cyclone-hit West Bengal on Friday, ravaged by a cyclone that claimed at least 77 lives and pulverised several southern districts, including state capital Kolkata. Modi made an aerial survey of some of the cyclone-hit areas with Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
After reviewing the situation at an official meeting with Dhankhar, Banerjee and the State’s top officials in Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district, Modi also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the families of each of those killed and Rs 50,000 for the injured.
Appreciating Banerjee’s efforts in galvanising the State administration to deal with the natural disaster even while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, Modi said the whole country stands with West Bengal where nearly 80 people have lost lives despite measures taken by the Government.
In a video message after reviewing the situation, Modi said, “I announce an advance assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for the State. A detailed survey will be conducted of the damage to agriculture, power and other sectors, besides damage to houses.” Large-scale damage to infrastructure, public and private property was reported from North and South 24 Parganas, East and West Midnapore, Kolkata, Howrah and Hooghly districts.
“In this time of distress and despair, the entire country and the Centre stand with the people of Bengal,” Modi said. The Centre will deploy a team to assess the extent of damage in the State, the PM said.
Bengal suffered losses of over Rs 1 lakh crore due to ‘Amphan’: Mamata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said West Bengal has suffered losses of more than Rs 1 lakh crore due to super cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’, which has killed 80 people and left thousands homeless in the State.
After conducting an aerial survey of some of the affected areas and attending a review meeting along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district, she said there is a need to work together at this hour of crisis.