At a time when BJP is fighting Naveen Patnaik-led BJP government in Odisha bitterly attempting to gain big inroads into the state ensuring heavy cracks in 19-years-old BJD government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today surprised every one praising him well for handling of the Cyclone Fani.
After conducting an areal survey to assess the loss and destruction caused by the storm, Modi said “Naveen babu has done a good job”, showing the Odisha chief minister standing next to him.
He said Patnaik’s planning was “excellent”. In a video, PM Modi could be seen discussing details of damage with the Odisha CM. After the aerial survey, PM Modi also held a review meet with the top bureaucrats in the state.
The Prime Minister assured all possible assistance to the State. He announced immediate assistance worth Rs.1000 crores. This is apart from Rs. 341 crores already released to the State Government on 29th April, 2019. He promised further assistance after the assessment by an inter-ministerial Central team.
The Prime Minister expressed his full solidarity with the people of Odisha. He said that the Central Government is fully committed not only for providing immediate relief, but also to ensure rebuilding of the state. He appreciated the role played by technology including satellite imagery and advanced weather forecasting techniques in minimising loss of life. He said that the combination of technological capabilities and human interface has enabled last mile connectivity with the affected. The State Government’s efforts in evacuating more than a million people to safety and the efforts of IMD to give accurate forecast were specially appreciated by the Prime Minister.
Odisha’s handling of the Cyclone has also been praised in international quarters, with the United Nations’ disaster agency UNISDR highlighting the “zero-casualty cyclone preparedness policy” of the state.
Around 12 lakh people from Odisha were evacuated to nearly 5,000 temporary shelters hours before the cyclone made a landfall in the state on Friday. Over 1,500 buses and thousands of government staff, along with volunteers, managed to complete the exercise late on Thursday night.
At least 34 people were killed during Cyclone ‘Fani’, which caused widespread destruction and left hundreds grappling with water shortage and power cut.