Odisha Police goes an extra mile during cyclone FANI, gains appreciation

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Bhubaneswar: While the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani paralysed the normal life after hitting the Odisha coast, the police department of the state gathered appreciation for their dedication of tackling it aptly.

Though several departments worked hand-in-hand to achieve the ‘zero casualties’ target of the government, Odisha police went an extra mile to make the plan a success.

Officials helped over 1 million people living in the vulnerable districts of Odisha evacuate. Local police forces displayed dedication towards their duty when the climatic disaster hit the state. The Indian Army, Navy and Air Force are on stand-by and more than 11 lakh people were evacuated from coastal areas in less than 24 hours.

Odisha police took to Twitter to share pictures of officials who were on duty and braved odds to rescue people.

A photo of a woman cop of Talchua Police Station in Kendrapara district driving a motorcycle with women riding pillion behind her was posted on the official Twitter handle of Odisha police and is now doing rounds on social media platforms.

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Similarly, an image of Superintendent of Police Pinak Mishra urging locals of low-lying areas to shift to shelter homes in Berhampur also gained appreciation from both the department and netizens.

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Odisha Police continued to tweet more images of police personnel conducting evacuation missions, providing aid to evacuees and helping with rescue operations across the state. Odisha Police also posted images of officials busy in restoration work following the aftermath of the cyclone.

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Notably, cyclone Fani hit the coast of Odisha at around 9 am on Friday with wind speeds of 175-185 kmph gusting to 200 kmph.

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