The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The severe cyclone which has hit Orissa has caused large-scale destruction with heavy loss of life and damage to property. The entire coastal belt of the state has borne the brunt of the cyclonic storm. It is reported that tens of thousands of people are homeless. In such a situation, emergency measures have to be taken to provide relief and assistance to the people of Orissa.
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) urges the Central government to extend all the necessary assistance to the state administration. All the relief agencies must be mobilised for relief operations. The Central Committee of the CPI(M) has decided to send relief materials to Orissa as soon as possible.