New Delhi, Oct 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who on Tuesday undetook an aerial survey of Visakhapatnam to personally assess the massive devastation caused by Cyclone Hudhud, announced an interim relief package of Rs 1,000 crore for the cyclone affected areas.
The Prime Minister said: “I want to announce an interim assistance of Rs 1,000 crore. After a detailed survey, we will give whatever further assistance is required.”
He said the Central government will extend all possible help to Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, while making an announcement for a compensation of Rs two lakhs for those who lost their lives in the calamity and Rs 50,000 for the injured.
The PM said the technology used by the Met Department helped in predicting the cyclone and a detailed survey will soon be done to assess damage.
Modi also added that work on restoration of electricity supply, water connection and communication is being done on priority basis.
According to reports, the Prime Minister arrived at around 1:40 pm and was received by Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Central government ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Ashok Gajapati Raju.
Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu reportedly claimed that the state has suffered damages worth thousands of crores.
He said the Eastern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh Limited has suffered damages worth Rs 40,000 crores, 16,000 electric poles were knocked down and around 6,000 transformers damaged.
Damages to Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (Vizag steel plant) were estimated at Rs 1,000 crore, Indian Navy Rs 2,000 crore, Andhra University Rs 300 crore and Vizag airport Rs 500 crore, Naidu said.
Prior to his visit, the PM on Monday tweeted, “Will visit Visakhapatnam tomorrow and take stock of the situation.”
The cyclone Hudhud has hit Visakhapatnam very hard and the state administration is now focusing on relief and damage assessment in the affected areas.
Sveral areas in Visakhapatnam are facing shortage of essential items. People are crowding around trucks carrying relief material and are attempting to take as many essential supplies as possible.
The AP Chief Minister has urged the PM to declare the disaster as a “national calamity” and release funds required for the restoration work.
(With Agency Inputs)