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PM Modi Conducts Aerial Survey Of Cyclone-Hit West Bengal, Announces Rs 1K cr Interim Aid

Kolkata: West Bengal on Friday didn’t see two political adversaries, but leaders working together. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Bengal to take stock of the trail of destruction left behind by severe cyclonic storm Amphan, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar came to receive him along with the senior state BJP leadership.

Modi and Banerjee then together conducted an aerial survey of the areas affected by Amphan, said to be the strongest super cyclone to have made landfall in the Bay of Bengal area since 1999. They flew over the areas which have been submerged in water due to incessant rainfall.

Modi later announced a Rs 1,000 crore relief package for the cyclone-hit state, saying the nation stood with Bengal in this hour of crisis.

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The Prime Minister also said that a Central government team will soon visit West Bengal and conduct a detailed survey of the losses caused by the cyclone.

Amphan made its landfall in West Bengal on Wednesday afternoon and caused severe damages in various parts of the state with a wind speed ranging from 155 to 185 kmph, accompanied by heavy rainfall. At least 80 people have lost their lives due to the severe cyclonic storm, as per sources.

On Thursday, Banerjee had said, “I would request Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come and visit the affected areas,” adding that she had never witnessed such a severe cyclone in her entire life.

Earlier, the Prime Minister had tweeted: “Have been seeing visuals from West Bengal on the devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan. In this challenging hour, the entire nation stands in solidarity with West Bengal. Praying for the well-being of the people of the state. Efforts are on to ensure normalcy.”

Modi will now take off for Odisha, which has also been badly hit by the cyclone.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday expressed solidarity with cyclone-hit West Bengal and Odisha and offered help to the chief ministers of the two states.

The extremely severe cyclonic storm left at least 77 people dead in West Bengal and rendered thousands homeless. It also wreaked havoc in Odisha, damaging power and telecom infrastructure in several coastal districts

In a tweet, Kejriwal said, “Dear @MamataOfficial didi, on behalf of the people of Delhi, I extend our full support and solidarity with you and the people of West Bengal in the wake of the destruction caused by #CycloneAmphan. Kindly let us know if we could help in any manner in this hour of crisis”.

In another tweet, Kejriwal also expressed solidarity with Odisha and offered help to the state chief minister Naveen Patnaik.


(With Agency Inputs)

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