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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felicitated the fire services personnel for their commendable rescue and relief work in flood-ravaged Kerala, in a special function here today.

Appreciating the fire personnel for their tireless efforts to rescue the flood-affected people in Kerala, the CM said the personnel made Odisha proud. The Chief Minister also announced that Rs 25 lakh would be given to the Fire Welfare Fund every year.

Director General of Fire Service & Commandant General, Home Guards & Director Civil Defence, BK Sharma expressed happiness on the occasion. Taking to Twitter he wrote “Grateful to @CMO_Odisha and @Naveen_Odisha for felicitating Odisha Fire personnel in a special function today for their commendable rescue and relief work in #KeralaFloods.”

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Notably, the state government had sent a team of 245 fire personnel along with all necessary equipment including 64 power boats to Kerala to assist the authorities in rescue and relief operations.

The team rescued around 5000 marooned people from water-logged areas and also distributed relief materials. They also carried medical personnel to inaccessible areas besides clearing off blocked roads.

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