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Modi visits Odisha to assess damage from Cyclone Fani

May 7, 2019

Cyclone Fani, that entered Odisha last Friday, caused mass destruction across the state. Over 35 people from various parts of the state were killed in destruction caused by Fani. On Monday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Odisha to review the damages caused by Cyclone Fani. Modi said that he was impressed by the way Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has handled the state during the time of crisis. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan was also present during Modi's visit.

Will be in Odisha tomorrow morning, where I will review the situation due to Cyclone Fani and hold meetings with top officials. The Centre is committed to provide all possible assistance in relief and rehabilitation measures underway. India stands in solidarity with the people of Odisha-Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India

Last week, Narendra Modi led central government had released Rs 1000 crore for rehabilitation works after Fani. On Monday, an additional Rs 1000 crore was released. Though Fani had hit West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee refused to hold a meeting with Modi to assess the damages even though Modi wanted it.

"PMO Sources: Attention has been drawn to reports that the Trinamul Congress has expressed its displeasure at PM Modi speaking only to West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, about the post-Fani situation in the state and not the CM Mamata Banerjee, tweeted journalist Akhilesh Sharma.

As part of Cyclone Fani entering Odisha, almost 11 lakh people were evacuated from their homes. Due to this, death toll could be reduced. More than 5000 temporary shelters were built in various parts of the state. The Indian meteorological department was congratulated by international agencies for correctly pointing out the location of Cyclone Fani before entering Odisha which later moved to Bangladesh by Friday morning. Cyclone Fani is one of the deadliest cyclones that hit the Indian sub continent in the last 20 years.

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