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Friday, June 5, 2009

Central team to assess cyclone damage tomorrow
Kolkata, 5 June : An eleven-member Central team will arrive here on Saturday to assess the damage caused by recent cyclone Aila in West Bengal. During their visit, the officials will visit the areas hit by the cyclone in West Bengal's South and North 24 Parganas districts and the Darjeeling hills. Besides, they will also hold meetings with the local administration and the State Government.
The Prime Minister has announced ex-gratia relief of 200,000 rupees for each of those killed in the cyclone in the state and other affected areas. Indian Rural Development Minister C P Joshi has ordered a grant of 100 million rupees for relief work for cyclone-hit people in West Bengal. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defence has dispatched 20 medical teams of armed forces personnel to the Aila affected areas of North and South 24 Parganas district of the State.
The State Government has sought technical advice from the army for its reconstruction. Cyclone "Aila" hit the coast of West Bengal on 25 May.

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