Cyclone Yaas: PM Modi to visit Odisha tomorrow for damage assessment

Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Odisha tomorrow to assess the damage in the state caused by Cyclone Yaas.

The PM will initially land in Bhubaneswar and hold a review meeting in the state capital. He will then proceed for an aerial survey of Cyclone Yaas-affected areas of Balasore and Bhadrak districts.

Modi in New Delhi today chaired a meeting to review the impact of Cyclone Yaas. Officials made a detailed presentation on various aspects of preparedness, assessment of damages and related matters.

It was discussed that about 106 teams of NDRF were deployed with 46 teams each in West Bengal/ Odisha that rescued more than 1000 persons and removed more than 2500 trees/poles that had fallen & obstructed the roads. The Defence Forces namely Army and Coast Guard also rescued marooned persons, while Navy & Air Force were on the alert.

Though the States are engaged in the assessment of damages caused in aftermath of cyclone Yaas, from the preliminary reports available, it is seen that thanks to accurate forecasting, effectively communicating to the people in the affected areas and evacuation in a timely manner by States and Central agencies have ensured minimal loss of human life. At the same time, due to inundation, there have been damages, which are being assessed. Power and Telecom services have been restored in most of the affected areas.

Prime Minister noted the effective and proactive role played by the Central and States agencies in responding to the challenges thrown by the cyclone and advised the agencies to ensure that normal life is restored in the affected areas at the earliest and relief is appropriately disbursed to persons affected by the cyclone.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today made an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit Bhadrak, Balasore, Kendrapara and other areas for damage assessment.

The CM has appreciated the district administrations for early preparedness, continuous monitoring of the situation and quick restoration of water and electricity supply.

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