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PM Modi to take aerial view of cyclone hit parts of Odisha

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Oct 13:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take an aerial view of cyclone affected Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, said a PIB press release.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan during a meeting in New Delhi on June 1, 2014. (Photo: IANS)The Prime Minister, who took a high-level review meeting to know the status of relief and rescue operations in the areas affected by Cyclone Hudhud, will be visiting Vizag tomorrow for a first-hand assessment of the situation there.

He will also take an aerial view of the affected parts of Odisha, said the release.

During the review meeting, the Prime Minister was briefed on the extent of destruction, including the damage to infrastructure such as roads, railway lines, buildings, power and telecommunication lines.

He was also given an overview of the status of relief operations and steps taken to ensure supply of essential commodities including food, drinking water and fuel.

He was informed that the extent of damage to standing crops, which will be assessed over the next few days.

The Prime Minister instructed top officials of the Union Government to continue to work closely with the affected states to ensure there are no bottlenecks in relief and rescue work.

He also emphasized the need to document the lessons learnt from this cyclone, and to put in place more precise drills and disaster management plans involving all stakeholders, especially in areas which are prone to such disasters, the release said