Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an aerial survey of the areas affected by Cyclone Amphan in West Bengal along with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on May 22, 2020. The Prime Minister stepped out from the national capital after almost 3 months to travel to West Bengal to take stock of the situation in the wake of the severely devastating super cyclone.
The Prime Minister is later scheduled to visit Odisha to survey the areas affected in the state. He will be conducting aerial surveys of the affected regions and taking part in review meetings. The Prime Minister is accompanied by Union Ministers including Babul Supriyo, Dharmendra Pradhan, Debashree Chaudhuree and Pratap Chandra Sarangi who belong to West Bengal and Odisha
PM Modi's last visit out of Delhi was to Prayagraj and Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh on February 29, 2020. His latest travel comes after 83 days, which is almost 3 months later.
PM's visit to West Bengal: Key Highlights
•PM Narendra Modi conducted a review meeting in Basirhat with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and other state officials on Cyclone Amphan.
•The Prime Minister recalled that in May 2019, while the country was busy with elections, the state of Odisha faced one of the worst cyclones. Now after a year, Cyclone Amphan has affected India's coastal areas. PM Modi said that the people of West Bengal have been worst affected by the cyclone.
•PM Modi reiterated the centre and state's support with the people affected by Cyclone Amphan and announced an allocation of Rs 1000 crore for immediate assistance of West Bengal in the wake of the devastating cyclone. •The central government will also send a team to conduct a detailed survey about the damage caused due to the cyclone and the current situation of the affected areas. PM Modi assured that all aspects regarding rehabilitation and reconstruction will be addressed.
•The Prime Minister also announced Rs 2 lakh as compensation to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives. The centre also announced Rs 50000 each to those who have gotten seriously injured due to cyclone.
•The Prime Minister highlighted that while containing coronavirus calls for social distancing, battling Cyclone Amphan required people to move to safe areas. Despite this, he pointed out that West Bengal has been fighting well.
This is PM Narendra Modi's second visit to West Bengal in 2020. He had earlier visited the state on January 11-12 to take part in the 150th-anniversary celebrations of Kolkata Port Trust. He had then dedicated to the nation cultural heritage projects such as construction of a new museum at the Old Currency Building and a programme at Belur Math.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on May 21, 2020 announced funds worth Rs 1000 crore for the restoration work in areas affected by Cyclone Amphan. The deadly cyclone has killed 80 people so far in the state.
Cyclone Amphan made its landfall on May 20, 2020 and its high intensity continued till May 21, 2020 causing widespread damage and devastation in several parts of Bengal including capital city Kolkata and several parts of Odisha in India. The cyclonic storm damaged power and telecom infrastructure in various districts, damaged thousands of homes and uproots several trees and electric poles. Lakhs of people have been impacted by the cyclone in the two states.