Cyclone Ochki: PM Modi announces Rs. 2 lakh compensation to diseased's kin, Rs. 50k to seriously injured.

PM Modi interacting with one of the Cyclone Ockhi victims 

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced Rs. 2 lakh compensation for the kin of those who died due to cyclone Ockhi and Rs. 50k to those seriously injured. Modi made the announcement during his visit to the cyclone affected states Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshaweep. The amount has been sanctioned under the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF). 

The centre has also advised the insurance companies to pay the insurance claims of people affected by Ockhi cyclone expeditiously. 

The Prime Minister said that the Union Government will support the cyclone-affected States through a package of relief measures.The Centre will dispatch immediate financial assistance worth Rs. 325 crore to cater to the requirements of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep. The financial assistance announced by the Prime Minister, is over and above the assistance of Rs. 280 crore to Tamil Nadu, and Rs. 76 crore to Kerala, disbursed earlier this month, after Cyclone Ockhi hit the two States/UTs. The Government of India will support the reconstruction of approximately 1400 houses fully damaged due to Cyclone Ockhi, on priority, under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). Under this programme, each beneficiary will get upto Rs. 1.5 lakh as support for building a new house.

Earlier, during the review meetings, the Prime Minister was briefed on the impact of Cyclone Ockhi, the third major cyclone of this kind, to hit this area in the last 125 years. The cyclone hit on November 30, 2017, and  the search and rescue operations, began the same day. So far, a total of 197 ship days involving 20 surface platforms and about 186 flying hours have been utilised by the Indian Coast Guard for search and rescue operations. In addition, a total of 156 ship days and 399 flying hours, involving 10 ships and 7 types of aircraft have been utilised by the Indian Navy. A total of 183 fishermen and civil administration personnel were carried on board these ships to aid in the rescue operations. A total of 845 fishermen have been rescued or assisted till date.

The Prime Minister was informed that the surveillance was carried out even beyond 700 nautical miles from the shore, sources said. 

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