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Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force

Apr 09, 2013

The Government of Odisha's exclusive task force executes search and rescue operations during natural and man-made disasters in a timely and reliable manner.

Odisha DRAF

The devastation caused by the 1999 super cyclone brought about a paradigm shift in disaster management in the state of Odisha. Immediately following the disaster, the government established the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) to undertake post-disaster relief activities across the state. To prevent loss of lives during natural and man-made disasters, the government has further formed a specialised taskforce, known as Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), for search and rescue during times of crisis.

ODRAF’s streamlined operations, top-notch training, and unique user-feedback mechanism to prioritise procurement of equipment, have contributed to its success for which it has been recognised on a number of occasions.

Furthermore, ODRAF plays a major role in improving the overall working of disaster management in the state through the coordination of stakeholders at all levels of state administration and interaction with national level disaster management authorities.

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