Odisha sends fire & disaster rescue team to Kerala
Odisha: Sun, 19 Aug 2018 19:09, by: Deepak Mohanty

In an effort to extend every possible help to the flood-ravaged Kerala state, the state government of Odisha led by Naveen Patnaik has sent a team of 245 fire service personnel to Kerala to help the state authority. The CM of Odisha has promised more assistance whenever needed to assist in the rescue operation.

The large-scale natural calamity that hits Kerala and disturbed the normal life with incessant rain and flood, has brought the nation together. From individuals to various state governments, everyone has come forward in sending financial aid and help in kind.

The Odisha state government on Saturday has delegated a special team of well-equipped fire service personnel to assit the rescue and relief operation. The team is well-trained and experienced in flood rescue.

In addition, a separate small team has also been sent to facilitate the rescue of Odia people in the flood-hit Kerala. There are many Odia people living and working in the southern state, for which many people had raised concern of their wellbeing.

Odisha rescue team left for Kerala in a special Air Force aircraft from Bhubaneswar. The CM has also spoken with his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan offering him any other kind of support to tackle this calamity.

It is to note that Odisha has been a victim of such natural disaster, including cyclone and flood, and hence has expertise in tackling any such tragedy. The fire service team has earlier assisted the Andhra Pradesh government in the relief and rescue operation during the cyclone Hudhud.

Earlier this week, the Odisha government had announced a financial assistance of Rs. 5 crores for rain-hit Kerala, where as many as324 lives have been lost and 223139 people are rescued and transferred to about 1500+ relief camps (asper govt. data received on Aug 17).

Remember, Kerala is facing its worst kind of natural disaster in 100 years.Hence, we appeal everyone to contribute the CM Relief Fund or in any kind via service providers such as Amazon, Flipkart and Paytm. Any donation, big or small, will definitely help those in need.

--Deepak Mohanty