PM announces relief package for Cyclone Ockhi affected states

A day after the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh election results, it was back to business for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He headed to the Lakshadweep, Kanyakumri and Thiruvananthapuram on a whirlwind visit to meet affected families as well as review progress in relief measures.

The scene in Poonthura a small fishing village in Kerala was an emotional one. The distraught families couldn’t disguise their despair as they interacted with the Prime Minister. PM Modi addressed them as well. He recounted his govt’s rescue and relief efforts. PM said that he had personally tracked the progress and had sent Defence Minister to oversee the operations.

The Centre is dispatching immediate financial assistance worth Rs. 325 crore to cater to the requirements of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep.

1. This is over and above the assistance of Rs. 280 crore to Tamil Nadu, and Rs. 76 crore to Kerala, disbursed earlier this month.
2. The Government of India will also support the reconstruction of around 1400 houses fully damaged due to Cyclone Ockhi, under the Pradhan MantriAwas Yojana. Each beneficiary will get uptoRs. 1.5 lakh as support for building a new house.
3.Insurance companies have also told to pay the insurance claims of people affected by Ockhi cyclone expeditiously.
4. An ex-gratia assistance of Rs. 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased, and Rs. 50,000/- to each of those seriously injured has been announced under the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

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