Following the devastating cyclone named Fani that hit Odisha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a joint review meeting with Odisha Cheif Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday, even as the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections were underway. Both the PM and the CM announced a relief package for those affected, by what was one of the biggest cyclones to hit India in years. Odisha CM has also requested the people of the country to help rebuild the lives of people hit by the cyclone. PM Modi and CM Patnaik conducted an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas.
On Instagram, Prime Minister Modi posted pictures of the meeting with Patnaik and wrote:
"India stands with Odisha. I visited Odisha today and took part in an extensive review meeting to take stock of the damage due to Cyclone Fani and the rehabilitation work. Assured all possible help to the Odisha Government in ensuring normalcy. Also urged Central Government departments to ensure damaged roads and power lines are repaired and farmers get timely crop insurance."
Prime Minister Modi announced assistance of Rs 1000 Crore for Odisha. He also applauded the preparedness of the state that helped reduce casualties.
Naveen Patnaik has also announced that all families in Puri and in parts of Khurda, which had been "extremely affected" in the storm, will get 50 kg of rice, Rs. 2,000 in cash and polythene sheets, if covered under the Food Security Act (FSA). He added: "For the rest of Khurda district - categorised as "severely" affected - the FSA families will get a month's quota of rice, Rs. 1,000 in cash and polythene sheets. Those living in the "moderately-affected" districts of Cuttack, Kendrapara, and Jagatsinghpur will be eligible for a month's quota of rice and Rs. 500 in cash."
The Chief Minister also announced an assistance of Rs. 95,100 for "fully-damaged" houses, Rs. 52,000 for "partially-damaged" houses and Rs. 3,200 for houses that had suffered minor damage. Adding to it, on Twitter, Odisha CM has requested for online contributions to Chief Minister Relief Fund by people of the country.
While more than 1 crore people in 14,835 villages and 46 towns of 11 districts in the state are affected by the cyclone, in a record-mobilization over 12 lakh people including 2,000 pregnant women were evacuated in less than 24 hours to 9,000 shelters with functional kitchens, the official count of Odisha government says.
Naveen Patnaik also added that Odisha has set global standards in saving precious lives. He sought ₹10,000 crore for disaster-resilient power infra, ₹7,000 Crore for converting 5 lakh kutcha houses to pucca and disaster-resilient telecom network.