Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday reviewed the damage rendered by Cyclone Yaas that hit India's eastern states of West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand on Wednesday.
Modi undertook an aerial survey of the cyclone-affected areas in Bhadrak and Baleswar districts of Odisha, and Purba Medinipur in West Bengal.
In Odisha state's capital city Bhubaneswar, the PM chaired a meeting to review the relief and rehabilitation measures being undertaken.
After the aerial survey, Modi announced financial assistance of 1,000 crore Indian Rupees (around 138 million US dollars) for immediate relief activities, out of which 69 million US dollars would be given to Odisha and an equal amount announced for West Bengal and Jharkhand, which will be released on the basis of the damage.
The federal government will deploy an inter-ministerial team to visit the states to assess the extent of damage, based on which further assistance will be given, said an official statement issued by the Prime Minister Office.
On the occasion, Modi also announced an ex-gratia compensation of 200,000 Indian Rupees (2,758 US dollars) to the next of kin of the deceased, and 50,000 Indian Rupees (689 US dollars) to the seriously injured in the Cyclone.