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Centre reviews progress of cyclone Amphan relief, restoration work in West Bengal

ANI | Updated: May 25, 2020 19:55 IST

New Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): Continuing the coordination efforts and restoration measures in West Bengal after cyclone Amphan, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba met on Monday for the fifth time.
"As announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his aerial survey and review of relief efforts with the West Bengal Government, a sum of Rs 1,000 crores has already been released to the State government," Ministry of Home Affairs said in an official statement.
West Bengal Chief Secretary also thanked the Centre for the support provided for relief and restoration. Restoration of power and telecommunication infrastructure was stated to be a priority in the cyclone-affected areas of the State.
"While telecom connectivity has been restored in most areas, damages to the local power distribution network has affected the restoration of complete supply in some areas. Central agencies are deployed in these efforts along with teams from neighbouring states," the statement said.

"Noting the progress made in restoration work, the Cabinet Secretary advised that complete power connectivity, telecom service and drinking water supplies need to be restored on a priority basis. Central agencies are ready to provide any further assistance that may be required by the State," it added.
Meanwhile, the Army has been deployed in Kolkata, to help in carrying out road clearances along with teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF).
Adequate stocks of food grains have also been kept ready for supply based on the demand from the State. Ministry of Home Affairs will be sending a Central team soon to assess the damages.
Cabinet Secretary also suggested that West Bengal government may indicate their additional requirements if any and directed officers of central ministries/ agencies to work in close coordination with State government to provide all required assistance expeditiously.
West Bengal Chief Secretary, along with other senior officials from the state and Centre attended the review meeting held through video conferencing. (ANI)