Bhubaneswar, May 6 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced that the Centre will undertake a long term action plan for disaster management and seek views of the state in the regard.
After making an aerial survey of Astharang, Puri, Kakatpur, Jatni, Bhubaneswar and Balianta , Mr Modi announced Rs 2 lakh for the families of the deceased and 55,000 for the injured. Mr Modi also announced a Rs 1,000 Crore package for the state and a central team would soon visit Odisa for assessing the ground situation.
Meanwhile Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik demanded Rs 17,000 crore from the Centre for the cyclone battered state, of which Rs 10,000 crore would be utilised for disaster proof energy infrastructure and the rest for building kuchha houses to pucca. Mr Pattnaik said, ' We have set a global standard in saving the peoples lives and now we should work for setting a global standard in making a disaster-resistant Odisha and disaster-proof telecom network in the state. He said the state stands an ideal and excellent opportunity for being declared a special category state as it has suffered several calamites since 2013.
The CM informed that Puri suffered the maximum casualty of 21 followed by Jajpur and Mayurbanj 4 each and Kendrapara and Cuttack 3 each and 160 people were injured in the cyclone. Altogether 11 districts bore the brunt of Cyclone Fani that include 137 blocks,14,835 villages and 1,37,04,455 people. (UNI)