“No outsider, civilian or media personnel must be a part of any rescue mission,” Odisha State Catastrophe Administration Authority MD Pradeep Kumar Jena stated
A day after a journalist died when an Odisha Catastrophe Speedy Motion Pressure (ODRAF) boat that was despatched to rescue a wild elephant stranded within the Mahanadi river capsized, the Odisha State Catastrophe Administration Authority (OSDMA) sought a evaluate of the usual working process (SOP) for carrying outsiders on any rescue mission.
“I request Odisha’s Director Normal of Police to evaluate the SOP and order that no outsider, civilian or media personnel must be a part of any rescue mission,” Pradeep Kumar Jena, Managing Director of OSDMA posted on Twitter.
An ODRAF boat was despatched on Friday to drive an elephant trapped within the Mahanadi floodwaters to stroll ashore. The boat couldn’t stand up to the sturdy river present and overturned near the Mundali Barrage, resulting in loss of life of journalist Arindam Das.
The physique of a lacking ODRAF personnel couldn’t be traced within the Mahanadi river on Saturday. Mr. Jena, who had earlier stated the decomposed physique of ODRAF personnel Sitaram Murmu had been discovered, clarified that the physique was but to be traced.
The situation of three ODRAF personnel admitted to the SCB Medical School Hospital, Cuttack continued to be vital, whereas a little bit enchancment was observed within the situation of Pravat Sinha, video journalist, who’s being handled in an intensive care unit.
After the tragic lack of life, Odisha’s catastrophe response authorities drew flak for accommodating the journalist and digital camera individual in a extremely perilous rescue mission. The deceased journalist’s sister, too, questioned the knowledge of permitting her brother on the boat.
In the meantime, the elephant has been swept away by the river. The Forest and Surroundings Division, and the ODRAF, weren’t able to verify the elephant’s whereabouts.