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PM arrives in Kolkata, to take stock of post-cyclone situation in West Bengal

A woman haplessly looks at the havoc created by Amphan at her residence in South Kolkata on Thursday.

A woman haplessly looks at the havoc created by Amphan at her residence in South Kolkata on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: Rajeev Bhatt

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Kolkata on Wednesday to take stock of the situation in West Bengal, which has been devastated by cyclone Amphan.

Mr. Modi arrived at the Kolkata airport at 10.50 am and was received by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and senior state BJP leaders.

According to official sources, Ms. Banerjee will be first holding a short meeting with the prime minister, during which she would brief him about the ground situation.

“Later they would leave on a chopper for the aerial survey,” an official said.

The two leaders are also scheduled to hold review meeting on the post-cyclone situation.

“He will conduct aerial survey and take part in review meetings, where aspects of relief and rehabilitation will be discussed,” the PMO said in a tweet on Thursday night.

According to TMC sources, the chief minister is likely to demand a financial package for the State.

Ms. Banerjee has already demanded that the cyclone be declared as a national disaster. The cyclone has left 77 people dead in the State.

 

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 Mr. Modi’s first visit outside the national capital after the coronavirus-induced lockdown was imposed on the midnight of March 24.

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