06/05/2019 11:59 AM IST | Updated 06/05/2019 3:31 PM IST

Cyclone Fani: Modi Conducts Aerial Survey Of Areas Ravaged By Storm

Naveen Patnaik has done great work, said the prime minister after the survey.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday conducted an aerial survey to assess the loss and destruction caused by Cyclone Fani in Odisha.

Modi was received by Governor Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on his arrival at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here.

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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 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.

Modi said that the communication between the Centre and the state was very good and he was also monitoring the situation personally as well. 

“Naveen Patnaik has done great work, and the way people of Odisha followed every instruction has been praiseworthy,” NDTV quoted Modi as saying after the aerial survey.

Modi said, “The Patnaik-led government has done a commendable job in evacuating coastal areas to avoid loss of lives. A central team will be visiting the state soon to assess the extent of loss and damage”.

“The Centre is committed to provide all possible efforts to Odisha for its restoration work. I would like to congratulate the people of the state for their timely efforts to battle the cyclone. The government will extend all help to the fishermen and other affected people,” he added.

(With PTI inputs)