New Delhi: During an election rally on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the government has released over Rs 1,000 crore for relief in the states affected by Cyclone Fani.
He said lakhs of families on the coastal areas of Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are affected by the cyclone and the Centre is in touch with the respective state governments.
On Saturday, the PM announced that he is going to visit Odisha on Monday to take stock of the situation. In a tweet, Modi said, “Spoke to Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Ji and discussed the situation prevailing due to Cyclone Fani. Assured continuous support from the Central Government in the wake of the cyclone. The entire nation stands in solidarity with all those affected by the cyclone in different parts.”
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Indian Coast Guard, the Navy and the Army are already engaged in relief work at all the places.
Cyclone Fani, which made landfall in Odisha on Friday, has claimed at least 10 lives so far. At many places in the state, trees have been uprooted, electric poles damaged, streets have been left inundated, and hundreds of travellers have been left stranded as several trains and flights were cancelled in the region.