Prime Minister Narendra Modi touches down Kolkata this morning (May 22, 2020) at 10:50 AM and was received by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, and senior state BJP leaders. The cyclone Amphan has devastated the whole state, with mostly affecting the North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Sunderbans, Kakdweep, Namkhana, and many areas of Howrah, Hooghly, and Kolkata itself. Around 80 people died and about 1lakh crore estimated damage has been caused due to this natural catastrophe.
The PM along with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar had made an Aerial Survey and then held review meetings for assessing relief and rehabilitation. Along with them accompanied 4 other Ministers in another chopper. PM Modi had surveyed the North and South 24 Parganas and then had held a review meeting in Basirhat. The CM had earlier said that this cyclone is even worse than the COVID crisis. There is no telecommunication, no electricity, internet services are not working in many areas, agriculture, and businesses are devastated. She has also asked help from the Port trust and Railways. BJP President Dilip Ghosh requested the PM and government of India that whatever the scheme the government follows it should be done in tandem and also ensure that the money given should be transferred directly to the people who need the most instead of routing it through the State government.
After the Aerial Survey PM Narendra Modi said, “We stand with Bengal in this hour of grief.” He also stated that “I have witnessed the devastation on Bengal during my aerial survey with CM and Governor.” PM said, “We are sad and at this time we are with them. The Centre will help the state in its rebuilding efforts.” He also said that “Bengal is worst hit by the cyclone. Centre and State are working together.” In the review meeting held PM announced Rs.1000 Crore as an advance interim assistance for the state and an amount of Rs.2 lakhs for kin of the victims and Rs.50, 000 to the injured.
In Odisha, the cyclone has affected over 44.80 lakhs people in 1, 500 gram panchayats, despite Odisha government evacuating around two lakh people from vulnerable areas ahead of the landfall. PM Modi has arrived Odisha and was received by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Governor Ganeshi Lal. The Prime Minister along with CM has surveyed over the districts of Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, and Balasore and conducted the aerial survey for over an hour.