Cyclone Amphan hit Odisha on Saturday received Rs 500 crore from the Centre as advance assistance for restoration work, less than 24 hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the interim aid. Modi had declared Rs 500 crore advance aid for the state, after convoying an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit districts of Odisha and holding a review meeting here.
“MHA released Rs 500 crore to Odisha Govt in less than 24 hours of Honble PM @[email protected] announcement in Bhubaneswar 4 #cycloneAmphan. We thank @PMOIndia @narendramodi & MHA for such speed in releasing the Fund,” Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Jena said in a tweet.
The state government also paced up the recovery operation in 10 cyclone-affected districts in the coastal and northern regions of the state. As per reports, as many as 44,44,896 people had been affected in the ten districts.
“We will work together to ensure the care of affected and distressed people and restoration of normalcy at the earliest,” Patnaik said in a message to Modi.