Cyclone Hudhud: Was touched by courage of people of Visakhapatnam, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that he was touched to see the courage and hope among the people of Visakhapatnam which had been devastated by Cyclone Hudhud.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that he was touched to see the courage and hope among the people of Visakhapatnam which had been devastated by Cyclone Hudhud.

The cyclone had made landfall in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.

Modi posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter:

“During Visakhapatnam visit, was touched to see the courage and hope among people. The destruction has not deterred their spirit. I salute them.”

He also wrote: “We stand shoulder to shoulder with our sisters and brothers suffering due to Cyclone Hudhud. Their tragedy and grief is as much ours.”

Earlier, the PM today announced an interim assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for AP to take up immediate relief work in the aftermath of the devastation caused by Cyclone 'Hudhud'.

"Full survey is yet to be conducted. For now, to deal with difficulty of such a magnitude, I announce, on behalf of the Government of India, an interim assistance of Rs 1,000 crore," Modi told reporters after a meeting with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, senior ministers and top state officials.

He also announced an ex-gratia of Rs two lakh to the next of kin of those killed in the cyclone and Rs 50,000 to the injured.

Modi said the Centre and Andhra Pradesh government

worked in perfect coordination "minute-to-minute" over the past five days to tackle the challenge posed by the cyclone which has claimed 21 lives and left a trail of devastation in the coastal areas.

The local bodies, he said, also rose up to the task.

Modi, who undertook an aerial survey of cyclone-hit

areas, said several Central establishments in Viskhapatnam, including those of the Navy and Coastguard, had suffered major damages.

He regretted that Andhra Pradesh had to face such a calamity soon after its bifurcation.

With PTI inputs

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