Cyclone Amphan: Odisha sends 500-member team to assist Bengal

Odisha CM orders vigil on locust movement

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has sent a team of 500 members to assist West Bengal in post-cyclone restoration work, an official said on Saturday.

“Cyclone Amphan is one of the worst disasters to hit West Bengal. The people of Odisha stand with West Bengal during this unprecedented crisis. Odisha has sent a team of 500 members, including 300 fire personnel and 10 Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams to assist in relief and rescue operations,” tweeted Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena said that 500 ODRAF and fire service personnel with cutting tools and equipment will assist the neighboouring state in the restoration work.

They will assist in road communication by cutting the trees and cleaning the road in the most affected areas.

Both Odisha and West Bengal were affected by the super cyclone Amphan, which hit the West Bengal coast on May 20.

Meanwhile, the Centre has released Rs 500 crore advance assistance for Odisha, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas and announcement of the advance assistance.

“MHA released Rs 500 Crore to Odisha Govt in less than 24hours of Hon’ble PM @PMOIndia @narendramodi announcement in Bhubaneswar 4 #CycloneAmaphan . We thank @PMOIndia, @narendramodi & MHA for such speed in releasing the Fund,” Jena tweeted.