Modi declares Rs 1,000 crore interim relief for cyclone-hit Andhra Pradesh
VISAKHAPATNAM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday
announced an interim assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for Andhra Pradesh to take up
immediate relief work in the aftermath of the devastating Cyclone ‘Hudhud’.
“Full survey is yet to be conducted. For now, to deal
with difficulty of such a magnitude, I announce, on behalf of the Government of
India, an interim assistance of Rs 1,000 crore,” Modi told reporters after a
meeting with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, senior ministers and top state
He also announced an ex-gratia of Rs two lakh to the
next of kin of those killed in the cyclone and Rs 50,000 to the injured. “The
Centre will fully stand by Andhra Government in this hour of difficulty,” Modi
Modi said the Centre and Andhra Pradesh government
worked in perfect coordination “minute-to-minute” over the past five days to
tackle the challenge posed by the cyclone which has claimed 21 lives and left a
trail of devastation in the coastal areas. The local bodies, he said, also rose
up to the task.
“It is important to note that a crisis of any
magnitude can be overcome if the state and Centre work should-to-shoulder,” he
The Prime Minister said the Meteorological Department
had correctly forecast from October six itself the different aspects of the
cyclone like its velocity, direction and time, leveraging the power of
technology. “The use of technology has helped in overcoming this crisis,” the
Prime Minister said.
Modi appreciated the residents of Visakhapatnam for
following the directions of the government with discipline at the time of
crisis, helping save precious lives.