Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today released a short documentary film and a report on police response to Cyclone Fani at the state secretariat.
The chief minister lauded the outstanding work done by Odisha Police in all domains and spheres before, during and in the aftermath of Fani by reaching out to affected people in distress and bringing succour to them by all possible means.
The extremely severe cyclone made a landfall on May 3 at Puri town leaving behind a trail of devastation and damages. Fani was regarded as the most severe cyclonic storm after the super cyclone of 1999.
The cyclone directly affected more than 1.5 crore people of 14 coastal and adjoining districts of Odisha. At this hour of crisis, Odisha Police came forward and stood solidly with the affected people.
Odisha Police played a vital role before, during and after the cyclone. Police undertook massive awareness exercise among the public by using loudspeaker, megaphones to evacuate people while the police also played a crucial role in the management of law and order, road clearance, distribution of relief and restoration work.
Police also provided drinking water, first aid and medical services to the affected people on war footing during this crisis while an emergency Police Control Room was set-up at SAP Headquarters
Odisha Police also exhibited its humane face in the aftermath of the cyclone, under the banner ‘Karuna’ where cooked food was distributed to more than one lakh people in different locations of Puri district.
“The short film and report has been prepared to document such good work done by Police for the information of all. The good practices adopted can serve as a reference for the future during any such calamity. The document and short film will certainly be very useful and it will also act as a guide for the police officers,’ said a senior police official.