Bhubaneswar:9/7/19: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik released a short documentary film and a report on “Police Response to Cyclone FANI – 2019, at the Secretariat here on Tuesday.
Patnaik lauded the outstanding work done by Odisha Police in all domains and spheres during and in the aftermath of FANI by reaching out to affected people in distress and bringing succour to them by all possible means.
The extremely severe cyclone ‘FANI’ made landfall at 09.30 AM on May 3 at Puri town leaving behind a trail of devastation and damages. Fani was regarded as the most severe cyclonic storm after the super cyclone of 1999. The cyclone directly affected more than 1.5 crore people of 14 coastal and adjoining districts of Odisha.
During this hour of crisis, Odisha Police came forward and stood solidly with the affected people. Odisha Police played a vital role before, during and after the cyclone. Twenty four hours before the cyclone, police undertook massive awareness exercise among the public by using loudspeaker and megaphones.
Twenty four hours before the impending cyclone, massive evacuation exercise was undertaken and around 1.3 million people were evacuated to designated multipurpose shelter homes. Police also played a crucial role in the management of law and order, road clearance, distribution of relief, in the restoration work etc.
The police also provided drinking water, first-aid and medical services to the affected people on a war footing during this crisis. An emergency Police Control Room was set-up at SAP headquarters, Bhubaneswar for vertical and horizontal coordination with the districts as well as other line departments.
Director General of Police (DGP) RP Sharma personally co-ordinated the activities from the Control Room. Odisha Police also exhibited its humane face during post-cyclone, under the banner ‘KARUNA’ where cooked food was distributed to more than one lakh people in different locations of Puri District.
The short film and report have been prepared to document such good work done by Police for the information of all. The good work is done and the practices adopted can serve as a reference for the future during any such calamity. The document and short film will certainly be very useful and it will also act as a guide for the Police Officer in the days ahead.