In response to the escalating crisis caused by Cyclone Michaung, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken swift action by instructing the Ministry of Home Affairs to expedite the release of crucial funds. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced that a substantial aid package, surpassing ₹900 crore, has been earmarked for Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
Under Modi’s directive, the second instalment of the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) has been accelerated, with ₹493.60 crore allocated to Andhra Pradesh and ₹450 crore to Tamil Nadu. Emphasizing the urgency of the situation, Singh revealed that the Centre had already disbursed the initial instalment of the same amount to both states.
This proactive measure aims to fortify the affected regions against the aftermath of Cyclone Michaung, which has triggered major floods in Chennai. The funds are intended to support relief efforts, rehabilitation initiatives, and the overall resilience of the communities grappling with the disaster.
The release of such a substantial aid package underscores the government’s commitment to addressing the immediate needs of the affected states and mitigating the impact of the natural calamity. As Chennai faces the brunt of ‘major floods,’ the timely allocation of financial resources signifies a crucial step in ensuring swift recovery and rebuilding efforts.
This decisive action by Prime Minister Modi reflects a concerted effort to stand by the citizens of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh during this challenging period. The released funds are expected to play a pivotal role in the ongoing relief operations and pave the way for the affected regions to rebuild and recover from the devastation caused by Cyclone Michaung.