Odisha cops helped save 1.2 million lives in cyclone Fani

Cops saved 1.2 million lives in Odisha cyclone, people can’t stop thanking them:

Recently when cyclone Fani hit Odisha around eight people were killed and thousands were injured. The “extremely severe” cyclone unexpectedly turned into cyclonic storm in just a few hours and damaged large coastal parts of Odisha. But the damage could have been worse if Odisha authorities did not manage to evacuate 12 lakh.

Alert for the worst after the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) declared Fani as a super cyclone earlier this week, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday claimed the state had carried out the “biggest human evacuation in history”.

While several departments worked in the rescue, but the police department in the state has been praised for their great service that saved the lives of thousands.

A picture of Superintendent of Police Pinak Mishra appealing to villagers living in remote low-lying areas to shift to cyclone shelter house in Brahmapur. This shows the immense determination of the cops to restrict the calamities.

The Super Cyclone at occurred in 1999 in Orissa, that occurred exactly ten years ago killed, 10,000 people. This time the authorities were prepared in advance. According to a report in the New York Times, 2.6 million text messages were sent to warn locals of the coming storm. 43,000 volunteers and over 1,000 additional workers were deployed along with advertisements on the television and radio. 16 additional The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams comprising of 45 personnel each have also been moved.

Another image that has been going viral on social media is the photo of a woman cop driving a scooter with two women riding behind her. The cop belongs to the Talchua Police Station in Kendrapara. The photo was tweeted by Orissa Police and captured the spirit of the police who ensured that no one was left behind.

On Saturday, Chief Minister Navin Patnaik posted on Twitter, asking for the nation to contribute for the rebuilding of Orissa. He posted a link to a relief fund account set up by the government.

This is not the first time that the Odisha government has been praised for its preparedness in the face of cyclonic adversities. The state’s disaster management model got praised by the UN during the 2013 Phailin cyclone.

Odisha police shared more pictures of their teams at work and the netizens can’t stop praising them.

Check out their reactions below:

Odisha has witnessed seven major cyclones in the last 50 years and they have always managed the situation.