He appreciated the courage of the people and said they had not been deterred by the devastation.

"During Visakhapatnam visit, was touched to see the courage & hope among people. The destruction has not deterred their spirit! I salute them," Modi tweeted after his visit to the city worst affected by the cyclone Hudhud.

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"I offer my deepest condolences to all those who lost their near & dear ones. May Almighty give them all the strength to bear this loss," he said in another tweet.

"We stand shoulder to shoulder with our sisters & brothers suffering due to Cyclone Hudhud. Their tragedy & grief is as much ours," he added.


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He appreciated the good Centre-State coordination, saying it made relief operations not only quicker but also more effective.

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PM announces Rs 1,000 crore assistance for cyclone-hit Andhra Pradesh

During his visit to Visakhapatnam Tuesday afternoon, the PM has announced an interim assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for Andhra Pradesh to take up immediate relief work in the aftermath of the devastation caused by Cyclone 'Hudhud'.

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"Full survey is yet to be conducted. For now, to deal with difficulty of such a magnitude, I announce, on behalf of the Government of India, an interim assistance of Rs 1,000 crore," Modi told reporters after a meeting with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, senior ministers and top state officials.

He also announced an ex-gratia of Rs two lakh to the next of kin of those killed in the cyclone and Rs 50,000 to the injured.

"The Centre will fully stand by Andhra Government in this hour of difficulty, Modi said.

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Modi said the Centre and Andhra Pradesh government worked in perfect coordination "minute-to-minute" over the past five days to tackle the challenge posed by the cyclone.
The local bodies, he said, also rose up to the task.

"It is important to note that a crisis of any magnitude can be overcome if the state and Centre work should-to-shoulder," he said.
The Prime Minister said the Meteorological Department had correctly forecast from October six itself the different aspects of the cyclone like its velocity, direction and time, leveraging the power of technology.
"The use of technology has helped in overcoming this crisis," the Prime Minister said.

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