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  • Rs 500 Crore as immediate assistance for Odisha

  • Rs 2 Lakh Ex-Gratia each for the family of the deceased

Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday conducted an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas of the State and announced Rs 500 crore financial assistance for immediate relief activities.

The PM also announced a combined assistance of Rs 500 crore for West Bengal and Jharkhand, the states which also bore the brunt of cyclone Yaas.

PM Modi expressed his complete solidarity with all those who suffered due to the cyclone and expressed his condolences to the families who have lost their kin during the calamity.

He announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the seriously injured in the cyclone.

PM Modi appreciated the preparedness and disaster management activities by the Government of Odisha which has resulted in minimal loss of lives. He also noted that the state has embarked on long term mitigation efforts for dealing with such natural disasters.

He also 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.

Following PM Modi’s announcement of financial assistance, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan thanked him by tweeting, “I thank PM Modi for standing in solidarity with the people of Odisha, especially during the most vulnerable times. We remain committed to making every effort to ensure that life returns to normal in cyclone-hit areas of Odisha.”