Prime Minister Manmohan Singhtoday directed that all possible assistance be extended to the states which are on alert for cyclone 'Phailin' after reviewing the situation soon after his return from an overseas tour.
The Prime Minister's Office said Singh was briefed by the Cabinet Secretary immediately upon his return from Indonesia.
He was apprised about the arrangements which have been put in place to deal with the crisis.
"PM was briefed by the Cabinet Secretary on the arrangements that have been put in place to deal with the impact of the cyclone," the PMO said in a tweet. The cyclone is set to hit the eastern coastline in the evening with lakhs of people having been evacuated by authorities.
Singh had gone to take part in the 11th ASEAN-India summit in Brunei from where he travelled to Indonesia.
EYE OF THE STORM