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Central team in Amreli to take stock of cyclone Tauktae damage

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A team from the Centre arrived in Amreli on Thursday to assess the damage caused by cyclone Tauktae. The inter-ministerial seven-member team was led by Prakash, joint secretary in the Union Home Ministry, a release said.

The other members of the team included officers from the Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Finance, Power, Fisheries, Rural Development, and Road Transport and Highways ministry.

Gujarat was hit by cyclonic storm Tauktae a week ago which caused large-scale destruction. The team also held a review meeting with the senior officials of the district.

Gujarat’s Relief Commissioner Harshad Patel and Amreli collector Ayush Oak shared details about the damage caused in the district and relief efforts carried out so far.

The meeting was attended by the chairperson of Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd, Shahmeena Husain, state Agriculture secretary Manish Bhardwaj, CEO of Gujarat Maritime Board Avantika Singh, and other senior officials of the state. The team will visit some affected villages of Amreli and Gir-Somnath too.

Centre’s earlier Tauktae-package for Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 19 announced financial assistance of Rs1000 crore for immediate relief activities in Gujarat following cyclone Tauktae.

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Gujarat government said it had been been assured of all possible assistance from the Centre for restoration and rebuilding of infrastructure in the areas affected by cyclone Tauktae.

Modi had visited Gujarat to review the situation following Cyclone Tauktae and undertook an aerial survey of the cyclone-affected areas in Una (Gir Somnath), Jafrabad (Amreli), Mahuva (Bhavnagar) in Gujarat & Diu.

He later chaired a meeting at Ahmedabad to review the relief and rehabilitation measures being undertaken in Gujarat & Diu. The Centre had at that time said it would deploy an Inter-Ministerial Team to visit Gujarat to assess the extent of damage in the state and further assistance will be provided based on this assessment.

 

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