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PM Narendra Modi Reaches Lakshadweep To Survey Cyclone Ockhi-Affected Areas

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| December 19 , 2017 , 19:49 IST

Following the legendary victory of Bhartiya Janata Party in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, PM Narendra Modi is back to complete his national duties. The intense tropical cyclone Ockhi claimed several lives and property during its course.

The states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep were the most affected states by the unexpected natural disaster and are currently under relief operations. PM Modi reached the lands of Lakshwadeep in the wee hours of Tuesday and was welcomed by locals warmly at the Mangaluru International airport.

Post his arrival, Modi chaired a review meeting in the state to grasp the details of the devastating situation at hand. The meeting was attended by the several state officials and central government representatives along with the top executives of agencies which are involved in the relief and rescue work. 

Prime Minister mentioned about reviewing and ensuring proper relief operation in cyclone-affected areas even while sitting afar in his tweet last night. Congress President Rahul Gandhi who was able to beat Modi in visiting Kerala and Tamil Nadu has earlier requested a comprehensive special financial package for the affected families.

In his one day trip, Narendra Modi has a fully packed schedule with his visit to Agatti and Kavaratti. He'll then return back to Agatti from where he'll fly to Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram and Kanyakumari, then back to Thiruvananthapuram for boarding a flight to Delhi after meeting Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

During his aim of receiving first-hand information from the fishermen affected by cyclone Ockhi, Modi has reportedly upset the villagers as eight people from the affected villages are chosen to visit the PM. However, locals feel that Modi should visit them personally. Kerala government is seeking for the financial assistance of Rs 1,843 crore from the centre.