PM Modi visits cyclone-hit Vizag; Rs 1000 cr interim relief for AP
Visakhapatnam (Oct 14, 2014): Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs 1000 crore as interim relief for the cyclone-hit Andhra Pradesh as he undertook a survey of the worst-affected city.
He also announced Rs 2 lakh for the family of those killed and Rs 50000 for those injured in the tragedy caused by cyclone Hudhud.
Central government officials from various ministries would soon tour the region to assess damage and start work to restore normalcy, Modi told.
He said restoring the basic needs of life like water and electricity were the government's immediate priorities.
"The exact damage will be assessed in due course time. Meanwhile, I am announcing Rs 1000 crore as an interim relief," he said.
"I was jumping with joy until very recently over making Vizag a smart city and now this crisis has hit us... We will soon come out of it. Government in its full strength is standing with the people," he said.
He said farmers have suffered extensive damage and a detailed survey will evaluate their losses and the government will act accordingly.
Hailing the exact forecast about the cylone made by the Met Department, the Prime Minister said the "perfect" use of technology prepared both Union as well as state governments to deal with the cyclone as from its timing to velocity and direction, all details were predicted accurately in advance.
"In a way, technology has played an important tole in dealing with the crisis," he said.
The natural disaster, Modi said, also saw both the Centre and the state government working "shoulder to shoulder" and it showed however "grave" a problem they can deal with it successfully together.
Insurance companies will be asked to survey the damage and work out claims at the earliest, he said.