Mahanadi River Flooding: Search and Rescue Operations Intensify in 15 Districts

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has taken proactive steps in response to the floods in the Mahanadi river system. To monitor and oversee the situation, senior engineers from the Department of Water Resources have been deployed.

Search and rescue operations have been bolstered with the deployment of 8 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, 13 Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams, and 85 Fire Services teams across 15 districts, including Bhadrak, Jajpur, Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Angul, Sonepur, Boudh, Kandhamal, Balasore, Cuttack, Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, and Kendrapada.

To provide further assistance, 62 Fire & Emergency Services teams equipped with boats have been deployed in Kendrapada, Cuttack Sadar, Athagarh, Jagatsinghpur, Khurda, Nayagarh, and Puri.

All teams have been instructed to carry necessary equipment and report periodically to the Control Room and Chief Fire Officer in Cuttack on their activities. This coordinated approach ensures efficient flood relief operations in the affected areas.

The Chief Fire Officer, Ramesh Chandra Manjhi, has emphasized that team leaders must inform him before returning to their respective stations. This proactive approach demonstrates the government’s commitment to addressing the flood situation effectively.

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