Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has lauded the efforts of Odisha Fire Service (OFS) and ODRAF teams engaged in the restoration work in cyclone Amphan-hit West Bengal.
The Odisha CM Tweeted:
Heartening to see @odishafire & ODRAF teams relentlessly working in tandem with #WestBengal officials to restore road connectivity in the #CycloneAmphan ravaged areas. Appreciate their commitment during this unprecedented crisis. Odisha is proud of you. #OdishaCares pic.twitter.com/vfHShNF5P6
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) May 25, 2020
Nearly 300 personnel of Odisha Fire And Disaster Response Academy (OFDRA) are braving COVID-19 to restore normalcy in West Bengal which has been recently ravaged by Cyclone Amphan. OFDRA’s Director Maheswar Swain said that 30 teams of OFDRA have been deployed at 22 locations under the Kolkata Municipal Corporation.
Six teams were placed under Howrah DCP and the remaining teams are deployed at 16 regions in the city. He said all of them were engaged in road clearance and restoration work.
Swain said working in COVID-19 hotspot Kolkata is one of the major challenges the teams are facing, but they have to carry out the work and at the same time take care of their own safety.
As the people are under lockdown, clearing the trees by using the available manpower is a tremendous work, he added.
Swain was hopeful that the team is dedicated towards its work and expects to complete it within five days. There are no local teams to support the OFDRA personnel, but the representatives of Kolkata Municipal Corporation and police are providing a helping hand to them, Swain said.
The NDRF and ODRAF teams from Odisha are deployed at other locations in West Bengal. Major works carried out by the teams are restoration work inside the Kolkata Police Headquarters, District Hospital and Circuit House, he added.
Meanwhile, Odisha DGP has shared some pictures of ODRAF teams engaged in restoration work in West Bengal in his twitter handle.
— DGP, Odisha (@DGPOdisha) May 25, 2020