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Odisha send 245 fire personnel Expressing concern over KeralaFloods

Bhubaneswr:18/8/18;Expressing concern over KeralaFloods, Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik pressed in to assisting rescue ops an Odisha contigent of 245 fire personnel, led by the Chief Fire Officer. Trained and experienced in flood rescue, the team is carrying 75 boats & necessities like BA sets.

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The team has been equipped with latest modern equipment and would work under the supervision of the Kerala Government authorities.

They were airlifted by an IAF flight at Biju Patnaik International Airport here.

Flagging off the mission, Odisha Fire Services DG BK Sharma said the initiative was taken after a request for the same from the Centre to the Odisha Government.

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“On request of the Centre, the state government is sending a team of fire personnel to Kerala for rescue operations in floods,” Sharma said.

“This is certainly a matter of pride for Odisha fire services department. Earlier, Odisha fire personnel had done a tremendous job during Cyclone Hudhud in coastal Andhra Pradesh. They are equipped with modern equipment. While the team has been trained to deal with situations arising out of natural calamities like cyclone and flood, it has also been equipped with all modern equipment. We hope that our fire personnel will play a crucial role in flood operations in Kerala,” said Sharma.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced Rs 5 crore as financial assistance for Kerala flood victims.

Nearly 200 people have died in Kerala flood while around 2.40 lakh people have been evacuated and they are sheltering in relief camps.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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