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09 July 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: Releasing a short documentary film and report on “Police Response to cyclone FANI-2019” at the State Secretariat here today, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik extolled the ‘outstanding work’ done by Odisha Police in all domains and spheres before, during and in the aftermath of FANI by reaching out to the affected people in distress and bringing succor to them by all possible means.  

Addressing the special occasion, the Chief Minister said, “During the extremely severe cyclone FANI, the Odisha Police, who were at the forefront of all efforts in the effectively handling the evacuation, restoration of road and communication network, security of relief materials during the transit as well as relief distribution and support to essential services.”

He added, “The Odisha Police has also substantially contributed to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and distributed food in the affected areas through their ‘KARUNA’ kitchen.”

”I congratulate the Odisha Police for their untiring and selfless service,” remarked the Chief Minister.

He further remarked, “The short documentary film and report on ‘Police Response to FANI-2019’ which is being released today will be a referent point in dealing with such disaster in the future.”  

Soon after the release ceremony, Odisha DGP R.P. Sharma said, “This report and documentary film will certainly serve as a Standard Operating Procedure for our posterity and future police personnel in Odisha and also outside the State. It is like a reference document.”

He elaborated that the short film and report has been prepared to document such good work done by Odisha Police for the information of all. The good work done and the practices adopted can serve as a reference for the future during any such calamity. The document and short film will certainly be very useful and it will also act as a guide for the police officers in the days ahead.

A press note released on the occasion further stated that FANI was regarded as the most severe cyclonic storm after the Super Cyclone of 1999. FANI  directly affected more than 1.5 crore people of 14 districts and adjoining districts of Odisha.

At this hour of crisis, Odisha Police came forward and stood solidly with the affected people. 24 hours before the cyclone, police undertook massive awareness exercise among the public by using loud speaker, mega phones, etc. 24 hours before the impending cyclone, massive evacuation exercise was undertaken and around 1.3 million people were evacuated to designated multi-purpose shelter homes. Police also played a crucial role in the management of law and order, road clearance, distribution of relief, in the restoration work, etc.   

Police also provided drinking water, first-aid and medical service to the affected people on war-footing during this crisis. An Emergency Police Control Room was set up at SAR Headquarters, Bhubaneswar for vertical and horizontal co-ordination with the districts as well as other line departments. It was personally coordinated by the DGP from the Control Room.

Odisha Police also exhibited its humane face during the post cyclone, under the banner ‘KARUNA’, where cooked food were distributed to more than one lakh people in different locations of Puri district, as per the press note.

The special occasion at the State Secretariat today was attended by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, Home ACS and Development Commissioner Asit Kumar Tripathy, Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi and Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty were prominent among others.

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Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha

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R.P Sharma, DGP, Odisha