Posted on May 22, 2020, 1:43 PM IST
PM Modi today landed in West Bengal to take a grip of the damage and destruction done due to Cyclone Amphan. He was received at the airport by governor Jagdeep Dhankar and chief minister Mamata Banerjee who accompanied him on an aerial survey of some of the worst-affected parts of the state before landing near a school in Basirhat, 50 km from Kolkata airport.
PM Modi later held a review meeting at the school where Mamata Banerjee pitched for greater central assistance to help people rebuild their lives. Banerjee said at least 80 people had been killed in Bengal due to the cyclone, many due to electrocution.
Armed with a map of the districts that had been hit hard due to the cyclone, Mamata Banerjee told reporters that she wanted PM Modi to declare the havoc wrecked in the state due to the cyclone as a “national disaster”.
PM Modi promised an immediate advance assistance of Rs 1,000 crore, to West Bengal and Odisha that had been battered by cyclone Amphan this week. He also announced 2 lakh to the next of kin of deceased and 50,000 to ones injured. This is PM Modi’s first outstation visit in nearly three months since the lock down has been implemented in the country due to the COVID 19 pandemic.