The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

Cyclone Fani was one of the severest cyclones to have wreaked havoc in Odisha. Thousands of thatched houses have been destroyed and reports of over fifty people having lost their lives are trickling in. There is extensive damage to power supply, communications and infrastructure.

The Central Government must be proactive in assisting the state government to meet the grave situation. Relief operations need to be strengthened and it has to be ensured that the needy are supplied with essential necessities, medical & health needs are taken care of and the process of rehabilitation must be taken up on an urgent footing.

(Hari Singh Kang)

For Central Committee Office