Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday conducted an aerial survey to assess the loss and destruction caused by Cyclone Fani in Odisha. Governor Ganeshi Lal, Odisha Chief Minsiter Naveen Patnaik and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan were also present with the Prime Minister during the aerial survey. Also Read - One of Conjoined Odisha Twins Separated Through India's 'First' Craniopagus Surgery Dies
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PM Modi was received by Governor Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on his arrival at the Biju Patnaik International Airport. Narendra Modi immediately proceeded towards his chopper to carry out the survey of the worst-hit Puri district and other affected areas.
At least 34 people were killed during Cyclone ‘Fani’, which barrelled through coastal Odisha on Friday last, causing widespread destruction and leaving hundreds grappling with water shortage and power cut.
The prime minister had on Sunday tweeted, “Will be in Odisha tomorrow morning, where I will review the situation due to Cyclone Fani and hold meetings with top officials. The Centre is committed to provide all possible assistance in relief and rehabilitation measures underway.” The PM also spoke to the chief minister on Saturday and discussed the situation in the aftermath of Fani, assuring continuous support from the Centre.
The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, had on Sunday reviewed relief measures in affected areas of Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.
(With agency inputs)