Bhubaneswar: The special team of fire service personnel of Odisha armed with modern equipment reached in flood-ravaged Kerala to assist in rescue and relief operation.
The State Government decided to send the team to Kerala following a request from the Centre.
“Today, at least 76 power boats,10 tower lights, five power shaws, 15 search lights and other rescue equipments weighing 40 tonnes along with 275 fire service personnel are being sent to Kerala from Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar,” said an SRC communiqué.
In the first phase, 35 power boats with 122 Fire service personnel along with rescue equipments (40 ton) has been sent to Kerala in IAF flight.
The team members would be engaged to undertake rescue and related operations by the authorities in flood-hit Kerala. They would also take necessary steps for rescue of about 130 people from Odisha who have taken shelter in a house at Aluva Munnar Road, Odapally.
Another four-member team under the leadership of Assistant Labour Commissioner has left has also been sent to Kerala to facilitate the rescue of these marooned people from Odisha, said Labour Minister Sushant Singh.
Earlier on Thursday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced an assistance of Rs 5 crore for relief and restoration of the damage caused by floods in Kerala.
Meanwhile, six units (132 members) of NDRF battalion in Mundali were engaged in relief and rescue operations at Manappuram and Ernakulam areas of flood-ravaged Kerala.
Odisha Government has already opened a 24-hour helpline 1070 and 0674-2534177 at the Special Relief Commissioner’s office to coordinate help for the people in difficulty in Kerala.