Centre grants 1,000 crore Yaas relief for West Bengal, Odisha & Jharkhand | India News

BHUBANESWAR/KOLKATA: PM Narendra Modi on Friday announced financial assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand which were battered by Cyclone Yaas and said a team of Union ministries will visit the three states to assess the total damage.
The announcement was made after Modi undertook an aerial survey of Odisha’s Bhadrak and Balasore districts which bore the brunt of the cyclone, and Purba Medinipur in West Bengal. While Odisha would get Rs 500 crore immediately, another Rs 500 crore would be given to West Bengal and Jharkhand, which would be released on basis of damage, officials said.
The PM also announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of each deceased and Rs 50,000 to each of the seriously injured in cyclone.
He appreciated the preparedness and disaster management activities by Odisha government which has resulted in minimal loss of lives. He said disaster mitigation has been given emphasis by finance commission by provisioning funds to the tune of Rs 30,000 crore. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee met Modi at the Kalaikunda airbase and submitted a report to him on the damages caused by cyclone in the state. She skipped the review meeting with the PM in which Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Debasree Chowdhury and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik were present.

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