CM Naveen Patnaik Conducts Aerial Survey, Announces Relief Package
A day after Cyclone Yaas hit the coasts of Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik conducted an aerial survey to assess the extent of damage in the state. The CM took stock of the situation and announced a relief package for the families that have been worst hit by the cyclone.
Patnaik declared 7 days of aid to be provided to all families of 128 abandoned villages in the cyclone-affected districts. Major roads will be reconstructed for communication within a day. Relief teams will also operate on restoring 80% electricity supply in cyclone-hit districts in the next 24 hours. The Chief Minister praised all the panchayat representatives, district administration, community organisations, and police for their outstanding efforts in the evacuation process. He further praised doctors and health workers for their constant support in the affected districts.
Antonio Guterres, a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General, assured that the world body is willing to assist in relief efforts if required.
“From South Asia, which is being impacted currently by Tropical Cyclone Yaas, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that we have activated cyclone preparedness measures and prepositioned stocks of food and other items,” spokesperson Stephane Dujarric stated. “The cyclone reached the Indian state of Odisha yesterday, with millions of people being evacuated by the Government ahead of the storm. UN agencies and our partners in India stand ready to support the response efforts if State authorities request it.”
Notably, the government has declared that Rapid Response Teams, Accredited Social Health Activists, and Anganwadi workers will check the health status through a door-to-door survey amongst all the evacuees. The state will screen around 6.5 lakh people for Covid-19 symptoms.