Odisha Fire Personnel Braving COVID-19 To Restore Normalcy In Cyclone-Hit WB

Bhubaneswar: Over 300 personnel of Odisha Fire And Disaster Response Academy (OFDRA) are braving COVID-19 to restore normalcy in West Bengal which has been recently ravaged by Cyclone Amphan, informed by OFDRA’s Director Maheswar Swain on Monday.

Swain said that 30 teams of OFDRA have been deployed at 22 locations under the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. While six teams have been placed under Howrah DCP, remaining teams are at 16 boroughs in the city. All of them have been engaged in road clearance and restoration work.

Working in COVID-19 hotspot Kolkata is one of the major challenges the teams are facing. The personnel have to take care of their own safety while carrying out the restoration work. Further, as the people are under lockdown, clearing the trees by using the available manpower is a painstaking task. However, the team is dedicated towards its work and expects to complete it within five days, Swain added.

While there is no local team to support the OFDRA personnel, representatives of Kolkata Municipal Corporation and police are supervising the work. NDRF team and ODRAF team, which have also gone from Odisha, are deployed at other locations in the State (West Bengal).

Major works carried out by the teams are restoration work inside the Kolkata Police Headquarters, District Hospital and Circuit House, informed Swain.

Maheswar Swain, Director (CFO), OFDRA


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