Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday commenced an aerial survey of the areas in West Bengal hit by super cyclone Amphan that has killed over 80 people. The PM announced Rs 1,000 crore relief package for West Bengal.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar accompanied PM Modi in the helicopter for the survey. CM Banerjee and Governor Dhankhar had received PM Modi at the airport in Kolkata at 11 am. All three amid the coronavirus crisis were seen in face masks as they conducted the survey.
The Amphan cyclone had a major impact on West Bengal, including capital Kolkata on Wednesday, leaving the airport underwater, there was the destruction of houses and trees uprooted.
While announcing the package, PM Modi said, "To ensure the minimum loss, both the governments have worked together. However, we couldn't save 70 lives, and we do feel sad about it. We are with Bengal at this hour of sorrow. Rs 1,000 crore assurance will be given to West Bengal. Rs Two lakh would be given to the relatives of the one who lost his life whereas the amount of Rs 50,000 each will be given to the persons are seriously injured."
"We are already fighting COVID-19, and there is a cyclone in some regions. Dealing coronavirus requires social distancing and on other side fighting Amphan requires people to shift to safer localities," he added.
PM Modi said that the entire nation is West Bengal. He said, "We all want Bengal to rise and move ahead. The central government will always stand with the state in these times. Despite these ambiguities, West Bengal is battling well. All factors relating to restoration and renovation will be addressed."