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

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) expresses its grave concern at the damage to life, livestock and property being caused by cyclone Fani across the entire coastal belt of Odisha and parts of northern Andhra Pradesh. This severe cyclone is now moving towards West Bengal and is likely to cause further damage.

It is imperative that both the central and concerned state governments act with utmost urgency to provide relief and protect the people from further hardship. The lack of resources should not be an excuse for not launching operations on a war footing.

All CPI(M) units have been alerted in the affected areas to reach out to provide relief and escort the vulnerable to safety.