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Odisha government deployed 60 teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force to combat ‘Yaas’

Bhubaneswar:24/5/21: The State government on Sunday deployed 60 teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) with high-end equipment at vulnerable places in the districts likely to be affected by the cyclonic storm.

The rescue teams have been equipped with 18 satellite phones to ensure unhindered communication after the cyclone made landfall. “Uninterrupted communication is one of the important aspects of disaster response. Apart from the satellite phones, ODRAF teams are equipped with 190 walkie-talkie sets,” said Addl DGP (Law & Order) YK Jethwa and added that the district police are also equipped with their own wireless sets.

  All the teams have been directed to strictly follow the COVID-19 appropriate behavior while carrying out rescue and restoration operations, said Jethwa. The Indian Army’s two columns and as many engineer task forces are already on standby in Odisha to carry out the rescue and relief operations.

This apart, NDRF’s seven teams have been stationed in Balasore, four in Bhadrak, three in Kendrapara, two in Jajpur, and one each in Jagatsinghpur and Mayurbhanj districts while four other teams are on standby in Mundali.

Meanwhile, DGP Abhay on Sunday reviewed the preparedness for the cyclone with ADG Communication, ADG Coastal Security, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Police Commissioner, IG of Eastern Range, DIGs of Central Range and Southern Range, SPs of Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Kendrapara, Ganjam and Berhampur via video conference.

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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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