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PM to survey cyclone-affected areas in Odisha, Bengal

Bhubaneswar, May 27 (UNI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Odisha and West Bengal on Friday to make an aerial survey of the areas hit by Cyclone Yaas and also review the impact of the cyclone.

Official sources said the Prime Minister will first visit Bhubaneswar where he will chair a review meeting before making an aerial survey of the areas affected by the Cyclone Yaas.

Modi will then proceed to West Bengal to make an aerial survey and also chair a review meeting there to assess the impact of the cyclone.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs a meeting to review the impact of the cyclone in New Delhi on Thursday. UNI

Sources said Modi on Thursday chaired a meeting in New Delhi to review the impact of the cyclone where the officials made a detailed presentation on various aspects of preparedness, assessment of damages and related matters.

It was discussed that 106 teams of NDRF were deployed with 46 teams each in West Bengal and Odisha and they rescued more than 1000 persons and removed more than 2,500 trees and poles that uprooted and obstructed the roads.

The defence forces also rescued marooned persons, while the Navy and Air Force were on the alert.

Though the states are engaged in the assessment of damages caused in aftermath of the cyclone, from the preliminary reports available, there were minimum loss of human life due to accurate forecasting, effectively communicating to the people in the affected areas and evacuation on time by state and central agencies.

However, there has been large-scale damage due to inundation which are being assessed.

Power and telecom services have been restored in most of the affected areas.

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