- Cyclone Amphan toll hits 84 as India and Bangladesh start mopping up
- PM Modi announces Rs. 1,000 crore immediate relief for West Bengal and Rs. 500 crore for Odisha
- CM Mamta Banerjee comments on package of thousand crores says it is less for repairing the loss happened due to cyclone
Special Report by Simranjeet Kaur
Cyclone Amphan: The central government stands with West Bengal in these testing times and will provide immediate advance assurance of Rs. 1,000 crore. PM Modi also announces Rs. 500 crore for Odisha as a measure in advance. Prime minister says that central government will further help Odisha government and make rest of the arrangements to come out of this crisis, after the complete survey and the formation of a rehabilitation plan. PM Modi said today as he visited the state battered by cyclone Amphan this week. This is PM Modi’s first outward visit in nearly three months.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee commented on West Bengal’s package of thousand crores received from the central government which is less for repairing the loss happened due to cyclone.
PM Modi was received at the airport by Governor Jagdeep Dhankar and CM Mamata Banerjee – who accompanied him in an aerial survey of some of the worst-affected parts of the state before landing near a school in Basirhat, 50 km from Kolkata Airport.
PM Modi held a review meeting at the school, where Mamata Banerjee pitched for more and more central assistance to help people rebuild their lives. Banerjee said that at least 80 people were killed in Bengal due to the cyclone, many due to lightning.
In a brief statement to the media after the meeting, PM Modi said that the Center and the state are working together to provide all possible help to the people.
PM Modi said that the central government will always stand with West Bengal in these testing times and the central will address all aspects relating to rehabilitation and reconstruction. We all want West Bengal to move ahead.
PM Modi did not demand Mamata Banerjee to announce the cyclone that wreaked havoc in the state as a ‘disaster national disaster’.
In government regulations, there is no provision for such notification, but the political parties of the states suffering the disasters regularly underline the demand that the Center should loosen the purse strings and allow under the disaster management rules More help should be given than given.
Mamta Banerjee has complained for a few days that the Center is not moving sufficiently to help Bengal. “We have not received any money to fight the Kovid-19 epidemic till date,” the chief minister told reporters after leaving behind a trail of destruction and damage to Cyclone Amfan.
Help should arrive fast and not later than 500 days, he told reporters at a press conference on Thursday. This was on the same incident in which he appealed to PM Modi to visit the state to see the loss for himself.
PM Modi had publicly announced an advance assurance of Rs 1,000 crore to address this complaint. PM Modi said that Rs 2 lakh will be given to the families of the people who died in the cyclone and Rs 50,000 will be given to the seriously injured.
West Bengal reported 72 deaths including 14 in capital Kolkata. In Bangladesh, the official death toll was 12. The death toll was far lower than the many thousands killed in previous cyclones, Improved weather forecasting meant Bangladesh was able to move some 2.4 million people into shelters or out of the storm’s direct path, while India evacuated some 650,000.
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