Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force
Agency overview
Formed2001; 23 years ago (2001)
JurisdictionGovernment of Odisha
Minister responsible

The Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) is a specialised unit of Odisha Police constituted "To act immediately in case of disaster which may be due to natural calamity or industrial accident" by a state home department resolution.[1]


Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) is a force of 10 units. The manpower is derived from Odisha State Armed Police(OSAP) and Armed police Reserve(APR). They have been equipped with the necessary equipments such as cranes, generators, troop carriers, trucks, concrete cutting equipments etc. The ODRAF units can additionally use the requisite tools available with Govt. / Public Sector and private agencies for their operations.[2][3]


These ODRAF units are located at twenty locations in the state based to cut down the response time for their deployment. These locations were chosen according to their vulnerability profile.[4]

S. No. ODRAF Unit Location Parent Battalion
1 Cuttack OSAP 6th Battalion
2 Koraput OSAP 3rd Battalion
3 Jharsuguda OSAP 2nd Battalion
4 Chhatrapur OSAP 8th Battalion
5 Balasore Armed Police Reserve
6 Bhubaneswar OSAP 7th Battalion
7 Paradeep Armed Police Reserve
8 Rourkela OSAP 4th Battalion
9 Baripada OSAP 5th Battalion
10 Bolangir Armed Police Reserve
11 Dhenkanal OSAP 1st Bn., Dhenkanal
12 Koraput 1st India Reserve Battalion, Upper Kolab
13 Rayagada 2nd India Reserve Battalion, Rayagda
11 Jajpur 3rd India Reserve Battalion, Kalinganagar
14 Deogarh 4th India Reserve Battalion, Deogarh.
15 Boudh 5th India Reserve Battalion, Boudh.
16 Khordha 6th India Reserve Battalion, Khordha.
17 Koraput 7th Specialized India Reserve Battalion, Upper Kolab.
18 Ganjam 8th Specialized India Reserve Battalion, Bhanjanagar.
19 Ganjam OSAP 8th Bn., Chhatrapur.
20 Kandhamal 8th Specialized India Reserve Battalion

Functional parameters

The aim of the ODRAF is to immediately respond to disaster which may be either due to natural calamity or industrial accidents. The units are trained in relevant response techniques and to act immediately . The forces are deployed on intimation of a disaster or warning of forthcoming disaster. The units mobilise at the request of Special Relief Commissioner/Orissa State Disaster Mitigation Authority (OSDMA)/ District Collector . Once deployed they remain under the command of the Superintendent of police of that district.[1]

Disaster response

Rescue work in Mahendratanya river in Gajapati.

ODRAF has proved its usefulness with its commendable performance during various disasters including the boat capsizing, devastating floods and Cyclones. Some of the major response operations of NDRF as below:











Elephant rescue incident

On 24 September 2021, an Odisha TV journalist died while another was critically injured when the boat they were travelling to cover the elephant rescue overturned due to the river current.[22] An ODRAF personnel also died in the incident. The elephant rescue operation was put on hold after the boat overturned. The elephant was eventually found dead after he unable to cross the river.


The ODRAF personnel have undergone training on rescue equipment operations and maintenance. In addition they have been trained ate following specialised training.[23]

See also


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  2. ^ Ramkumar, M. (2009). Geological Hazards: Causes, Consequences & Methods of Containment. New India Publishing Agency. p. 151. ISBN 978-81-908512-7-5. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 August 2019. Retrieved 14 May 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force". ODISHA STATE DISASTER MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY. 20 April 2020. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  5. ^ "India: Orissa floods situation report, 4 Jul 2005 - India". ReliefWeb. 4 July 2005. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
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  8. ^ "13 lakh affected by floods in AP". Deccan Herald. 5 October 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
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  11. ^ "13 dead as boat capsizes in Odisha's Hirakud reservoir". NDTV.com. 30 April 2019. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Odisha on Flood Alert After Three Die Due to Heavy Rain". NDTV.com. 30 April 2019. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Odisha floods kill 34, affect nearly 10 lakh people". The Indian Express. Press Trust of India. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Cyclone Hudhud: Andhra Pradesh grapples with aftermath, power restoration to take time". Deccan Chronicle. Press Trust of India. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Hudhud effect: Road link between Koraput and Andhra Pradesh restored". The Economic Times. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  16. ^ "At least 81 people die in recent floods in Gujarat, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Odisha". Zee News. Press Trust of India. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  17. ^ "27 killed as bus falls in Deogarh gorge, 10 hurt - Bhubaneswar News". The Times of India. 17 April 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  18. ^ Barik, Satyasundar (17 October 2016). "22 killed in Bhubaneswar's SUM Hospital fire". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  19. ^ "3 killed, 8 missing as boat capsizes in Odisha's Chilika lake - Bhubaneswar News". The Times of India. 10 December 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  20. ^ Desk, Express Web (23 May 2020). "Cyclone Amphan: Protests erupt as Bengal reels under storm aftermath; Army deployed for restoration work". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  21. ^ "Cyclone Amphan: 10 NDRF, 15 ODRAF units positioned in coastal Odisha". outlookindia.com/. 17 May 2020. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  22. ^ "Odisha TV journalist dies, another critical, after boat to rescue elephant capsizes". Hindustan Times. 25 September 2021. Retrieved 25 September 2021.
  23. ^ "Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force. | Odisha Police". Archived from the original on 11 May 2021. Retrieved 15 February 2022.