Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday donated Rs.5 crore to Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for those affected by Cyclone Ockhi in different parts of the country including Lakshadweep.
“Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath called on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (Tuesday) in New Delhi,” an official statement said.
“He handed over a cheque worth Rs. Five Crore to the Prime Minister from Chief Minister Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) towards Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF), for the Cyclone affected people in Lakshadweep and other States,” it added.
Meanwhile, Modi ensured that he was “continuously” monitoring the situation in various parts of the country.
“Continuously monitoring the situation arising in various parts of the country due to #CycloneOckhi. Spoke to all relevant authorities and officials. All possible assistance is being provided to those affected,” he tweeted.
He also asked BJP workers in poll-bound Gujarat to “focus on helping people” as the cyclone is expected to make landfall in coastal part of the state.
After leaving a trail of destruction on the southern coast, Cyclone Ockhi is expected to make landfall in coastal Gujarat on Tuesday with squally winds and heavy rainfall.
Maharashtra, too, is on a state of high alert to deal with the side-effects of the stormy weather. A precautionary holiday has been announced for all schools in the coastal Maharashtra districts.
The cyclone forced Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah to cancel his public rallies in Rajula, Mahuva and Shihor in Gujarat.