June 3, 2009

Aila loss assessed at Rs 1,300 crore: WB chief secretary

Kolkata, June 2: The West Bengal Government today assessed the damage wrought by Cyclone Aila, putting it at Rs 1,300 crore. This was stated by the state's Chief Secretary Asok Mohan Chakraborty after a review meeting with state government officials and several other bodies.

Chakraborty said Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta today discussed the state government's demand for at least Rs 1,000 crore as cyclone relief with Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister P Chidambaram. A central team would soon visit the cyclone-hit areas in the state, he said, adding that the state government had released Rs 210 crore so far for relief materials. Giving details, he said the death toll had climbed to 126. A total of 67 lakh people have been affected and nearly nine lakh houses destroyed. Over 3.78 lakh people have taken shelter in 765 relief camps, he said.

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