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.