Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 2:
Three teams of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) from Odisha’s Mundli battalion were sent to Chennai today for carrying out rescue and relief operations in the flood ravaged state.
The specially trained forces left for Chennai this afternoon in a special cargo plane of the Indian Air Force from BPIA (Biju Patnaik International Airport) of Bhubaneswar. The teams are carrying all necessary equipment for their operations including power boats and generator sets from their base here in Odisha.
Another 10 teams from the Mundli base have been kept on alert for possible deployment in Tamil Nadu.
“We are trained specifically for these kinds of operations. Besides, we have a lot of flood relief and rescue operation experience under our belt. Our spirits are high and I am sure, we would be able to make a difference in the lives of flood affected people in Tamil Nadu,” said a NDRF commando before boarding the plane.
Earlier in the day, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik spoke to his counterpart Jayalalithaa over phone and conveyed his concern regarding the torrential rains that have hit the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu including Chennai, causing widespread destruction.
Besides, given the vast experience of Odisha in disaster rescue operations, he offered all possible support to the government of Tamil Nadu in the ongoing rescue and relief operations.
Notably, heavy torrential rain has flooded many districts of Tamil Nadu including its capital city Chennai. The Central Government has deployed Army, Navy and NDRF teams for rescue and relief operations. In view of the water-logging, Chennai Airport authorities have shut operations till 6 AM tomorrow. Road and rail services have also been badly hit.