Kolkata: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 22 announced Rs 1,000 crore to West Bengal as an interim financial assistance. The PM conducted an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit regions with chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

Narendra Modi added that the Centre stands with West Bengal in these testing times, and will offer all support to help get the state get back on its feet. According to initial estimates by the West Bengal government, cyclone Amphan has caused a loss of at least Rs 1 lakh crore.

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Modi also said that Rs 2 lakh would be given to the next of kin of the persons deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the persons who got seriously injured due to cyclone Amphan in parts of West Bengal.

Bengal death toll touches 80: 

The death toll in West Bengal due to cyclone Amphan has risen to 80 as more bodies were recovered from debris this morning. 

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Cyclone Amphan tore into West Bengal on Wednesday evening and caused widespread destruction in southern West Bengal, leaving thousands of people homeless, washed away bridges and swamped low-lying areas.

Next, the Prime Miniter will visit Odisha, which has also been affected by cyclone Amphan.