PM announces 1,000 crores interim aid for Bengal after aerial survey

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At least 77 people have been reported killed so far in the severe cyclone that 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 taking stock of the damage inflicted by cyclone Amphan through an aerial survey on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an advance interim assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for West Bengal.

In a video message after reviewing the situation with Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district, Modi also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the families of each of those killed during the devastation caused by cyclone Amphan, and Rs 50,000 for the injured.

At least 77 people have been reported killed so far in the state due to the extremely severe cyclone. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on the helicopter.

He assured the centre's full support for Bengal. "All aspects relating to rehabilitation, reconstruction will be addressed. We all want West Bengal to move ahead. The centre will always stand with West Bengal in these testing times. We will work together to ensure that Bengal stands on its feet again," he said.

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 her meeting with PM Modi, Mamata Banerjee said West Bengal has suffered losses to the tune of Rs 1 lakh crore due to Cyclone Amphan. "In this hour of crisis, we all must work together. I have told the prime minister in detail about post-cyclone situation in Bengal," she said (with inputs from agencies)

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