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Cyclone Yaas LIVE Updates: Mamata meets PM to submit report on damage in Bengal, skips review meet

Cyclone Yaas Live Tracking, Weather forecast Today Live News Updates: PM Modi held a review meeting with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar to discuss the impact of the cyclone. He also undertook an aerial survey of the parts of Odisha and West Bengal which have been impacted by the Cyclone Yaas.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 28, 2021 9:28:18 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes areal survey of Odisha, West Bengal. (Photo: Twitter @narendramodi)

Cyclone Yaas Live Tracking, Weather forecast Today Live Updates: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kalaikunda and submitted preliminary report on damages caused by Cyclone Yaas. However, Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar criticised Banerjee for skipping review meet with Modi.

PM Modi announced financial assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for immediate relief activities. Of the total mount, Rs 500 crore would be immediately disbursed to Odisha. Another Rs 500 crore, announced for West Bengal and Jharkhand, will be released on the basis of the damage.

Banerjee conducted an aerial survey of cyclone-hit areas in North 24 Parganas district, officials said. Along with Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, Banerjee took stock of the situation in Hingalganj, Hasnabad, Sandeshkhali, Pinakha and other areas of the district, they said. “I have seen that most of the areas have been inundated. Houses and large tracts of agricultural fields are under water. A field survey will also be conducted,” Banerjee said.

Earlier in the day, PM Modi held a review meeting with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar to discuss the impact of the cyclone. He also undertook an aerial survey of the parts of Odisha and West Bengal which have been impacted by the Cyclone Yaas. During the meeting, Odisha government demanded long term solutions to mitigate problems caused by the repeated cyclones and provision of disaster resilient power systems. The state government however sought no immediate funds to tackle the expenditure incurred in disaster management, Odishas Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Jena told reporters after the meeting.

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21:28 (IST)28 May 2021
Damaged homes, flooded farmland: Bengal reels under aftermath of Cyclone Yaas’ fury

Cyclone Yaas left behind a trail of damaged homes and flooded farmland, forcing more than 21 lakh people to be evacuated to safe shelters in the states of West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand. 

See more photos here

20:33 (IST)28 May 2021
Mamata Banerjee takes stock of damages caused by Cyclone 'Yaas' in Digha

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee takes a stock of damages due to the landfall of Cyclone 'Yaas', in Digha, Friday.

18:28 (IST)28 May 2021
Mamata seeks Rs 20,000-crore cyclone relief package for Bengal

West Bengal Mamata Banerjee sought a Rs 20,000-crore package for redevelopment of the worst-affected areas. Modi flew down to Odisha earlier in the day to review the post-cyclone situation, and then made his way to Bengal, where the storm wreaked havoc in the coastal districts. The state has incurred a loss of Rs 20,000 crore due to the cyclone, Banerjee claimed. "We have sought a package of Rs 10,000 crore each for the redevelopment of Digha and the Sunderbans... It could well be that we might not get anything," she said following an administrative meeting held in the tourist town of Digha. --PTI

16:28 (IST)28 May 2021
Modi announces Rs 1,000 cr relief for cyclone damage

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced financial assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for immediate relief activities. Rs 500 crore would be immediately given to Odisha. Another Rs 500 crore announced for West Bengal and Jharkhand, which will be released on the basis of the damage.

16:03 (IST)28 May 2021
West Bengal Governor Dhankhar slams Mamatafor skipping review meet with PM Modi

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar slams Mamata Banerjee for skipping review meet with PM Modi.

16:01 (IST)28 May 2021
Mamata meets PM Modi, submits preliminary report on damages caused in Bengal

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bengal’s Kalaikunda and submitted preliminary report on damages caused by Cyclone Yaas.

14:56 (IST)28 May 2021
PM Modi undertakes aerial survey of Odisha, West Bengal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook an aerial survey to review the situation in the wake of Cyclone Yaas. The aerial survey covered parts of Odisha and West Bengal.

14:12 (IST)28 May 2021
Watch: Patna medical facility flooded following Cyclone Yass
13:06 (IST)28 May 2021
Watch: Water entered several homes in villages in Bengal's Purba Medinipur
12:59 (IST)28 May 2021
West Bengal: Thunderstorms, light rain in parts of South Dinajpur districts

Thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and light-moderate rain are expected in parts of West Bengal's South Dinajpur district, according to the Regional Meteorological Centre. 

12:27 (IST)28 May 2021
PM meets Odisha CM to review Cyclone damages

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday reviewed the post-cyclone situation and damages caused by Cyclone Yaas at a meeting here. The Prime Minister was received by Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Sarangi at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here.

The review meeting which is currently underway in the airport conference hall, is expected to continue till mid-day. Cyclone Yaas, packing winds gusting to 145 kmph whiplashed parts of Indias eastern coast on Wednesday, killing at least four people and leaving behind a trail of damaged homes and flooded farmland, forcing more than 21 lakh people to be evacuated to safe shelters in the states of West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand. (PTI)

11:54 (IST)28 May 2021
Watch: Trees uprooted, houses damaged in West Bengal village
11:25 (IST)28 May 2021
Depression over Bihar, Jharkhand weakens into well-marked low pressure area

The depression over Bihar and Jharkhand, a remnant of the very severe Cyclone Yaas, has weakened into a well-marked low pressure area over Bihar and adjoining eastern Uttar Pradesh, according to the Indian Meteorological Department's latest bulletin. 

10:39 (IST)28 May 2021
Dhankhar to attend Modi-Mamata meeting to review Yaas devastation

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar will attend a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to review the devastation caused by cyclone Yaas, officials said.
 
The meeting is scheduled to be held at Kalaikunda in Paschim Medinipur district on Friday afternoon after Modi undertakes an aerial survey of the affected areas, they said. Dhankhar will receive the prime minister at the Kalaikunda Air Force Station, the officials said.
 
"WB Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar will receive PM Narendra Modi at Kalaikunda Air Force Station on May 28. PM will visit areas affected #CycloneYass in WB to assess damage to life & material. Governor Dhankhar will attend PM Review Meet with the State Government," the governor tweeted. (PTI)

09:48 (IST)28 May 2021
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to meet PM Modi at Kalaikunda Air Force station today

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will meet Prime Minister Modi at Kalaikunda Air Force station on Friday to review the situation in the state after it was ravaged by Cyclone Yaas. Both PM Modi and Banerjee are set to conduct separate aerial surveys of affected regions later in the day. 

09:45 (IST)28 May 2021
Relief operations continue in Odisha

Indian Navy teams continued to carry out relief operations in affected regions across Odisha. Here are some pictures:

Indian Coast Guard personnel carry out rescue and relief work following Cyclone Yaas, in Odisha on Wednesday. (PTI)

As Cyclone Yaas made landfall in north Odisha around 10.30 am on Wednesday, strong winds and heavy tides lashed several coastal towns and villages on either sides of the Odisha-West Bengal border, inundating low-lying areas and uprooting trees, and claiming at least three lives — two in Odisha and one in West Bengal.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik conducted an aerial survey to assess the extent of damage in the state on Thursday. The cyclonic storm weakened into a deep depression over southern Jharkhand and adjoining Odisha, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). It is likely to move northwestward and gradually weaken into a depression later today, the IMD said.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the world body was ready to assist the country in its relief efforts if it needed help. "From South Asia, which is being impacted currently by Tropical Cyclone Yaas, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that we have activated cyclone preparedness measures and prepositioned stocks of food and other items," spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said. "The cyclone reached the Indian state of Odisha yesterday, with millions of people being evacuated by the Government ahead of the storm. UN agencies and our partners in India stand ready to support the response efforts if State authorities request it."

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