Bhubbaneswar:28/5/21:Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the airport in the capital Bhubaneswar in Odisha a short while ago to review the impact of Cyclone Yaas. He was received at the airport by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister of State Pratap Chandra Sarangi, and other senior-level officers.
Later, he held a review meeting at the airport in the presence of the CM, the Governor, DGP Abhay, Private Secretary to CM VK Pandian, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena, and Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Sarangi.
After the meeting that concluded at around 12 noon, the PM proceeded towards his chopper to carry out an aerial survey of the worst-hit Balasore and Bhadrak districts. He will conduct the survey for around two hours.
Briefing media persons after the meeting, the SRC informed, “We did not seek any relief package from the PM at the review meeting. Assessment of damages caused by the cyclone is still underway and we will submit a report in 7 days. An 8-minute video along with a PowerPoint presentation detailing the cyclone damages was shown to the PM at the meeting”
“We demanded two long-term solutions. One is disaster resilience power system and another is coastal storm surge protection,” informed the SRC. After considering the damages, the PM is likely to announce a relief package for the affected districts later in the day.
According to a preliminary review by the state government, damage of at least Rs 15,000 crore is expected to have happened in the disaster caused by the cyclone. The central government has already announced more than Rs 400 crore in advance compensation for the damage caused by the storm.
Besides, on behalf of the state government, the Chief Minister said that another Rs 1,000 crore would be allocated for relief and compensation.
It is expected that the Center will be asked to allocate the necessary funds on behalf of the state by raising the issue of loss in a meeting with the Prime Minister today.