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Cyclone FANI: Odisha Police Determined To Get Everyone To Safety

02 May 2019


Bhubaneswar: As the extremely severe cyclonic storm FANI is nearing Odisha with every passing hour, the State Police is carrying out evacuation measures at war-footing. With stress of the government on ‘zero casualty’, police personnel are facilitating the evacuation of people from vulnerable villages for ensuring their safety.

The Odisha Police has been kept on high alert with deployment of 135 Platoons of OSAP, Officers and constables of district police, Home Guards for the approaching menace. The leave of police personnel has been cancelled and senior IPS officers have been deputed to the affected districts.

DGP RP Sharma has directed the SPs of the affected districts to be pro-active and extra vigilant in maintenance of law order, evacuation of people, safety of relief material godowns, transportation of relief material and proper distribution of relief material.

Following his instructions around 2 lakh people living close to the coast and in kutcha houses in Ganjam district have been moved to the marked safe zones and cyclone shelters. Berhampur SP Pinak Mishra was seen requesting natives with folded hands to cooperate and move to the safe zones.

Berhampur SP Pinak Mishra

Even lady police officers were noticed of braving all odds and adversaries to make all possible efforts to evacuate each single person to safety.

Twenty ODRAF units of Odisha Police have been deployed in different districts for relief and rescue operations. They are highly trained and fully equipped with power boats, power saws, and road clearing machinery.

Communication is most vital to effectively deliver services to the people. As the normal telephone connectivity may be disrupted due to the extremely severe cyclonic storm FANI, the traditional communication channels like VHF and HF have to be kept operational. 

Extra battery, charger, antenna, cable, generator set, extra POL, technical manpower have been positioned in the affected districts to keep the VHF and HF network functional in adverse situation. Even the district administration can use the police network in case of necessity.

Satellite phones, walky talkies, mega phones have been provided to the districts. Police Station vehicles have been fitted with public address system. 24x7 Control Rooms are operating in all the affected districts and State Police Headquarters for seamless flow of information.

Districts Police has stocked sufficient POL for running the generators and vehicles. Drinking water and ration has been stocked for about seven days. Aska Lights, power saws, torch lights, and spare batteries have been kept in readiness in the affected districts.