PM announces Rs 1000 cr relief for cyclone-hit West Bengal

New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced immediate financial assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for West Bengal which has been affected by cyclone Amphan.

The PM announced the monetary relief after he conducted an aerial survey of areas affected by the cyclone in the state that has killed nearly 80 people.

“The central government stands with West Bengal in these testing times and will provide immediate advance assistance of Rs 1,000 crore,” PM said.

Announcing further relief for the injured, Modi said, “Rs 2 lakhs would be given to the next of kin of the persons deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the persons who got seriously injured due to Cyclone Amphan in parts of West Bengal.”

The prime minister was accompanied by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Jagdeep Singh Dhankar while taking stock of the situation of some of the worst affected parts in the state.

The cyclone swept through several parts of Bengal, including capital Kolkata on Wednesday, leaving behind a trail of destruction, with thousands of homes damaged, and trees and electric poles uprooted.

After Bengal, the Prime Minister will fly onwards for an aerial survey of Odisha.