In a prompt response to Odisha Government’s request, Kerala Government rescued 130 Odia people, who were stranded in a place surrounded by flood water, and shifted them to a safe place.
After getting an SoS from one of stranded people, Anil Sethi, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) and Disaster Management Secretary Bishnupada Sethi on Friday morning wrote to Kerala Additional Chief Secretary for Disaster Management seeking urgent steps to rescue the Odias in distress in that place.
Anil had informed the Odisha Government that due to severe flooding, about 130 Odia people had taken shelter in a house at Aluva Munnar Road, Odapally, near Asha Munnar post office and were not able to have access to minimum needs like food and drinking water.
Now Anil has expressed his gratitude to both Odisha and Kerala governments for the help. “We were rescued by a team and taken to a transit camp where thousands of people from West Bengal and Assam are taking shelter,” he said.
Following the reports of people from Odisha being trapped at different places in the flood-ravaged Kerala, the Odisha Government has opened a helpline with telephone numbers 1070 (toll free) and 0674-2534177 in the SRC office to coordinate the rescue and relief operations.