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PM Modi to visit Cyclone Ockhi-affected areas Tuesday

Earlier, Congress President Rahul Gandhi had requested PM Modi to declare a special financial package for states to undertake rehabilitation. Photograph:( Others )

ANI New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 18, 2017, 12.28 PM (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Cyclone Ockhi-affected areas of Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala tomorrow (December 19). The prime minister is slated to review the situation arising in the aftermath of the cyclone, and the status of relief operations, at Kavaratti, Kanyakumari, and Thiruvananthapuram.

He will also meet with officials and public representatives. Prime Minister Modi will also meet with cyclone victims, including fishermen and farmer delegations. The cyclone has left a trail of destruction in southern and western India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, killing 115 people and leaving over 100 missing.

Earlier yesterday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi wrote a letter to Prime Minister Modi, requesting to declare a comprehensive special financial package for the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshwadeep to undertake rehabilitation in the wake of the cyclone.

"I request the Prime Minister for a special financial package for the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Lakshwadeep to undertake rehabilitation and provide financial assistance to families of deceased fishermen for the after-effects of Cyclone Ockhi", the letter read. Rahul also emphasised the need to construct sea-walls and groynes in the vulnerable sea coasts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.