Kolkata | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday conducted an aerial survey of the areas affected by cyclone Amphan in West Bengal and announced a financial aid of Rs 1,000 crore for the state, adding that the central government stands with the people who have been affected by the cyclonic storm. 

Addressing the media after conducting the aerial survey, the Prime Minister 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.

"In the month of May, the country was busy with elections and at that time we had to combat a cyclone that battered Odisha. Now, after a year, this cyclone has affected our coastal areas. People of West Bengal have been worst affected by it," PM Modi said, as reported by news agency ANI.

The Prime Minister also said that the Centre will send a team to the state conduct a detailed survey about the damage caused by cyclone Amphan and the current situation of the affected areas while adding that all aspects relating to rehabilitation and reconstruction will be addressed.

"Dealing with COVID-19 requires social distancing whereas battling the cyclone Amphan requires people to move to safer areas. Despite these contradictions, West Bengal under leadership of Mamata ji is fighting well. We are with them in these adverse times," ANI quoted PM Modi as saying.

However, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that there is "no clarity" over the Centre's package, adding that "it may be advance also".

"We've to help people so we've started relief work. I told PM that we'll get Rs 53,000 crore from central government regarding food subsidy, social schemes and central schemes wherever our money is there. So I said you try to give some money to us so that we can work in this crisis," ANI quoted Banerjee as saying.

"At this hour of crisis, we feel that we must work together. There are so many areas where they can help us, state government also exists in this country and central government also exists. If there is a crisis everybody must work together," she added. 

PM Modi on Friday conducted aerial survey of the affected areas of West Begal. Cyclone Amphan has left 80 people dead and thousands homeless in West Bengal, battering several parts of the state and washing away bridges and swamping low-lying areas.

It also wreaked havoc in Odisha, damaging power and telecom infrastructure in several coastal districts. The extremely severe cyclonic storm has weakened and moved to Bangladesh, the IMD said.

This is the prime minister's first visit outside the national capital after the coronavirus-induced lockdown was imposed on the midnight of March 24.

(With inputs from agencies)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma