A central team, led by joint secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs S.K Shahi is visiting the cyclone affected areas of South 24 Parganas today. They will also visit Purba Medinipur and hold meetings with the state administration during its three day tour. The seven member team reached Kolkata last night to make an on-spot assessment of the damage caused by Cyclone Yaas.
Divided in two teams, the members of the central delegation are visiting the areas of Sunderbans, affected by very severe cyclone Yaas. One team reached Patharpratima by helicopter this morning. After visiting the cyclone affected areas, they went to Gosaba and now visit the nearby areas. The team will be meeting with the district administration later today. The other team reached Gosaba by launch and is visiting the damaged river embankments. Tomorrow the team members will be visiting Purba Medinipur and also hold meetings with the district administration. During its three day tour in the state, the central team is also scheduled to meet officials of the Disaster management, Civil Defence and Finance department at the state secretariat before returning to Delhi. The team will submit its report to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
As per preliminary assessment of the state officials, the cyclone had led to damage of an estimated Rs 20,000 crore to property and agriculture.
A Central team has arrived in Odisha to assess the damage inflicted by the recent cyclone Yaas. The team will be in the state for two days to undertake field visits of the cyclone affected areas of the state. Our Correspondent says the team is now visiting the affected areas of the Balasore district, which has been hit the most by the Cyclone.
Cyclone Yass that struck the North odisha coast on the 26th of this month has left a trail of destruction in terms of damage to kuchha houses, trees, agricultural lands and public infrastructure. While the state government has pegged the losses at about 610 crore rupees as per their initial estimate, the Central team is here in the affected districts like Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj and Kendrapada to see and assess the damage for themselves. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reviewed the post-cyclone situation with a high level team in capital Bhubaneswar on the 28th of last month, besides making an aerial survey of the cyclone ravaged areas of the state. The same evening, he had announced an immediate relief of 5 hundred crore rupees for the state.