Cyclone Amphan: PM Modi announces Rs 500 cr assistance for Odisha


Bhubaneswar: After conducting an aerial survey of the Amphan cyclone-hit areas of Odisha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced a Rs 500 crore relief package for the state.

The relief package is for immediate assistance to carry out the relief and restoration measures.

The Prime Minister took a review meeting with Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, and Pratap Sarangi at Bhubaneswar airport here.

The officials from central and state government also attended the meeting.

“Everyone is fighting COVID-19. In such a time, we had a super cyclone in some parts of India. This became very worrying. At the same time, due to the well established processes in Odisha, many lives were saved. I congratulate the people and Government of Odisha,” said the Prime Minister.

“At the same time, there has been damage to property, which we reviewed in a meeting today. All possible assistance will be provided by the Centre to ensure quick relief work. Rs. 500 crore will be given to Odisha as advance assistance,” Modi added.

Prime Minister gave his assurance that the Union Government would work shoulder to shoulder with the State Governments at this difficult time and give all possible assistance for restoration and rebuilding of infrastructure in the areas affected by the cyclone.