Interim reliefs For YAAS Hit WB And Odisha

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after making an aerial survey of the Cyclone YAAS affected areas on  Friday, May 28 skipped a review meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Kalaikunda in East Medinipur. Mamata Banerjee reportedly refused to meet  PM Modi on cyclone relief if Leader of Opposition in the state legislative assembly Suvendu Adhikari was also present. PM Modi had arrived in WB after an aerial survey and meeting with Odisha CM Navin Patnaik on the cyclone YAAS aftermath. PM Modi announced 1,000 crore INR as immediate relief for Odisha and West Bengal. The Centre has already announced a compensation of over Rs. 400 crores in advance for the damage caused by Cyclone Yaas. INR 500 crore would be immediately given to Odisha. Another INR 500 crore have been announced for West Bengal and Jharkhand which will be released on the basis of the damage. The Union Government will deploy an Inter-Ministerial Team to visit the states to assess the extent of damage, based on which further assistance will be given. Odisha CM demands long-term assistance for disaster resilient power infrastructure and resilient coastal protection. The State Administration is stressing upon the proper distribution of relief materials to the affected people in relief camps and shelters, CM Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said after an aerial survey of the affected areas of North and South 24 Parganas. She attended review meetings in Hingolgunj and Sagar of the two districts with her officials. The Centre has already announced a compensation of over Rs. 400 crore in advance for the damage caused by Cyclone Yaas. All departments have been asked to work with close coordination and ensure that no one faces problems regarding relief items, particularly food, baby food and drinking water, she said. The administration will be conducting ‘Duarey Traan’ or relief at your door camps from 3rd to 18th of June at block and village level where people can submit applications regarding damages done. After an assessment, the government will transfer the amount directly to their bank accounts from the 1st of July. In North 24 Parganas, more than 16.5 lakh people have been affected by the impact of the very severe cyclone Yaas and high tide. Over 40-thousand-hectare agricultural land, 1,600 kilometres of road is affected. After the ariel survey in Purba Medinipur, she held a review meeting at Digha also. She later tweeted “After having review meetings in Hingalganj & Sagar, I met the Hon’ble PM in Kalaikunda & apprised him regarding the post-cyclone situation in WB. The disaster report has been handed over for his perusal. I’ve proceeded now to review the relief & restoration work at Digha. Rs. 2 lakh ex-gratia for the next of kin of the dead and Rs 50,000 for the injured due to Cyclone Yaas would be given to all those affected across India”. Edited by PK Chakravarty

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