Spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has praised Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his government for the efficient precautions undertaken to evacuate people to safety to avoid the ravages of Cyclone Fani. In a letter addressed to CM Patnaik, the Dalai Lama wrote:
"I am writing to convey my appreciation of the efficient precautions you and your government have taken to evacuate people to safety to avoid the ravages of Cyclone Fani, with the results that casualties have been relatively low".
Expressing her sadness about the lives lost and devastation of property, he wrote:
"At the same time, I would like to express my sadness about the lives that were lost, the devastation of property, and the hardship this storm has caused to so many people people. I offer my condolences to those who have lost loved ones and my prayer for the welfare of everyone affected by this huge cyclone".
He also extending help by donating One million from the Dalai Lama relief fund for efforts to provide relief and rebuild.
"I appreciate that relief are underway and that everything possible is being done to help those affected. As a mark of solidarity with the people of Odisha, I am donating Rs 1,000,000 from the Dakai Lama Trust to the efforts to provide relief and rebuild".
Read the letter below:
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those injured in the cyclonic storm.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, PM Modi said:
PM Narendra Modi says,"Naveen babu ne bohat acha plan kiya, Bharat sarkar usmein unke saath reh karke sari cheezon ko aage badha payegi."
"The Patnaik-led government has done a commendable job in evacuating coastal areas to avoid loss of lives. A central team will be visiting the state soon to assess the extent of loss and damage"
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also conducted an aerial survey of cyclone-ravaged areas of Odisha and announced additional central assistance of Rs 1000 crore for relief works in the state.The Centre had earlier released in advance Rs 381 crore for the state.