500 ODRAF men to start clearing roads in cyclone-hit Bengal from Sunday
About 500 personnel of the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and Odisha Fire Service will likely be deployed on Sunday for street clearing operations Bengal districts hit by cyclone Amphan that hit it on Wednesday, a prime official mentioned,
Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Jena mentioned the group travelled to Bengal following orders of chief minister Naveen Patnaik who had supplied the State’s assist to Bengal in its hour of misery.
Equipped with telescopic aluminum ladders, strengthened Concrete cutters, chain noticed, hydraulic combi software, hydraulic spreader, hydraulic cutter, hydraulic Ram Jack and bullet chain noticed, the ODRAF group with lengthy expertise in rescue and clearing operations would clear the roadblocks.
Patnaik on Friday spoke to his Bnegal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and had assured all doable assist to beat the disaster and had enquired in regards to the extent of the harm attributable to the cyclonic storm.
Cyclone Amphan, which ripped by 16 of the 23 districts of Bengal, had devastated Kolkata, North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas with ferocious winds and rain, killing at the very least 80 folks. Around six crore folks have been affected by the cyclone. With a lot of timber and electrical poles blocking the roads in Kolkata and several other different districts, energy provide has not been restored to a big a part of the State.
On Saturday, 10 NDRF groups stationed in Odisha additionally left for Bengal for street clearing operations.
Meanwhile, the Odisha authorities on Saturday submitted a preliminary report on the damages attributable to the cyclone within the state in addition to post-cyclone restoration works to the Centre. In its preliminary report, the state authorities mentioned 44.four lakh peole in 10 districts have been affected. Besides, 8.72 lakh livestock have additionally been affected.
Around 34 km of 33 kilovolt traces, 453 km of 11 kilovolt traces, 680 km of low rigidity traces and a pair of,439 variety of Distribution Transformers have been broken. The authorities has to this point restored energy to 85% of the affected shoppers. About one lakh hectares of standing crops have been broken, the federal government mentioned.