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New Delhi: After winning Gujarat and Himanchal Pradesh elections 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Lakshadweep to visit the Cyclone Ockhi affected areas on Tuesday morning. PM Modi, who was in the national capital on December 18 arrived Karnataka’s Mangaluru late last night. PM visited Thiruvananhtapuram on Tuesday to re-evaluate the damage caused and to review the healing measures in the fallout of Cyclone Ockhi and will visit an affected coastal village.

PM Modi, in his 1 day visit, headed towards the affected regions in Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu and will return to Thiruvanantapuram in the evening. After Lakshadweep, PM Modi will be visiting the Cyclone Ockhi affected areas in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

 PM Modi, on his visit, will be flying to Agatti from Mangaluru early morning and leave for Kavaratti. Later, he will return to Agatti and fly to Thiruvananthapuram. He is then expected to visit Kanyakumari, to meet assess the damage caused by the Cyclone Ockhi.

After examining the relief operations at Kavaratti, Kanyakumari and Thiruvananthapuram, PM Modi will meet the Cyclone victims, including fishermen and farmers. Previously, it was scheduled to meet only the representatives of fishermen's groups. But later Prime Minister included in his programme to visit the coastal village of Poonthura, where many fishermen were reported dead and many are untraced.

This visit of PM Modi was added following a request by Minister of State for Tourism K J Alphons and state BJP president Kummanam Rajasekharan.

The cyclone has caused the death of about 70 people, with more than 100 still reported as untraced. The state has announced Rs 20 lakh each for families of the deceased and better coordination in search operations, is seeking a Rs 3,500-crore relief package from the Center for the affected regions.

The prime minister is scheduled to be at Thiruvananthapuram in the afternoon, after the visit in the affected regions in Lakshadweep.

After reviewing the operations and meeting the fishermen, PM Modi scheduled to meet the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, revenue minister E Chandra shekharan and Fisheries minister J Mercy kutty to understand how the government is working to help the victims.

The destruction caused by the cyclone Ockhi, Kerala Chief Minister had met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and sought assistance worth Rs. 1,843 crore from the center. He further urged that cyclone Ockhi should be recognised as a national disaster.

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