Bhubaneawar, May 28: Odisha Government has not sought any immediate financial assistance from the Centre for restoration activities in Cyclone Yass-affected districts.
“As the country is at the peak of COVID-19 pandemic, we have not sought any immediate financial assistance to burden the Central Govt and would like to manage it through our own resources to tide over the crisis,” tweeted Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik after Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a review meeting to assess the damages in Bhubaneswar.
Instead, the State Government has sought two long-term measures – disaster resilient power infrastructure and resilient coastal protection with storm surge resilient embankments – to make Odisha disaster resilient as we are frequented by such climate hazards every year.
During the review meeting, the Chief Minister apprised PM Modi about the large scale devastation caused by the cyclone and steps taken by the State Government ahead of the cyclone and the ongoing restoration efforts.
Patnaik also thanked PM Modi for visiting Odisha in the aftermath of Cyclone Yaas.
“Sought assistance for long term measures to make Odisha disaster resilient as we are frequented by such climate hazards every year. Highlighted Odisha’s demand for disaster resilient power infrastructure and resilient coastal protection with storm surge resilient embankments,” Patnaik wrote.