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Meet The Warriors In The Aftermath Cyclone FANI


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07 May 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: After spreading a trail of destruction in Bhubaneswar and Puri, Cyclone FANI has left the people helpless with no water, electricity or connectivity. The only solution to all these problems is clearing of the uprooted trees. Once that is achieved, the new electric poles can be installed resulting in restoration of energy, working of water pumps and power to mobile towers. This job has been entrusted with warriors of National Disaster Relief Fund and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force, who are putting up a tough grind for this uphill battle.

Working in teams with the leadership of a commander, these people are going across the affected districts to cut trees as part of the restoration work. OMMCOM NEWS caught up with a team of 12 NDRF personnel toiling at Sriya Talkies in capital city. Amidst the loud sounds of tree cutters, strewn around cyclone debris and scorching sun, the workers with yellow helmets seemed satisfied with the pace and progress of the work.

Mahesh Parikar, the team commander said, “There is no difficulty. We are working in full speed. Senior officers are also guiding us properly and the work is going according to plan. Teams have been deployed everywhere. Main focus is clearing road and electricity. Accordingly all other problems will get solved.”

As per official sources, huge numbers of trees have been uprooted resulting in disruption of road communication. Khordha and Bhubaneswar city have been severely affected. As many as 56 roads have been blocked due to uprooted trees, electric poles and wires.     

When asked how they were braving the heat and working in such humid conditions to complete this giant task, Parikar simply said, “Our work is to serve people.”

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Mahesh Parikar, Team Commander, NDRF