New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit West Bengal and Odisha on Friday to conduct an aerial survey of the ground situation after the cyclone Amphan wreaked havoc in both the states and claimed lives of more than 70 people.  

The announcement came hours after West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had asked PM Modi to visit the state and inspect the damage caused by the cyclonic storm yesterday. Mamata Banerjee had also said that the damage caused by Amphan was in the tune of Rs 1 lakh crore.

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She also announced a compensation of Rs 2.5 Lakh to the families of those who died in cyclone Amphan. "I have never seen such a disaster before. I will ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit the state and see the situation," she said, as reported by news agency ANI.

As per the reports we have received, 72 people have died in the state due to Cyclone Amphan. Two districts 24 North and South 24 Parganas are completely devastated. We have to rebuild those districts from scratch. I would urge the central government to extend all help to the state,‚ÄĚ she added. 

Earlier in the day PM Modi had tweeted that the whole nation is standing in solidarity with West Bengal in this challenging hour and everyone is praying for the well-being of the affected people of the state. PM Modi also said that the government is ensuring that the situation in the affected state should return to normal as soon as possible.   

"Have been seeing visuals from West Bengal on the devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan. In this challenging hour, the entire nation stands in solidarity with West Bengal. Praying for the well-being of the people of the state. Efforts are on to ensure normalcy", PM Modi said in a tweet. 

In another tweet, PM Modi also appreciated the brave efforts of Odisha to battle the cyclone Amphan. He also said that the top officials are working on ground and assured all possible assistance to the affected people.

The cyclone barrelled through coastal districts of North and South 24 Parganas of Bengal, unleashing copious rain and windstorm, blowing away thatched houses, uprooting trees, electric poles and swamping low lying towns and villages, officials said.

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According to the weatherman, Amphan was the fiercest cyclone to hit West Bengal in the last 100 years. The extremely severe cyclone packing winds of up to 190 kmph rampaged through coastal Odisha and West Bengal on Wednesday, dumping heavy rain, swamping homes and farmland. 

Posted By: Talib Khan