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Super Cyclone in Odisha in 1999 that bacame a national calamity


Posted Date: 05-Feb-2012  Last Updated:   Category: About Orissa    
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In this article I have explain about the Super cyclone of 1999 that became a national calamity and causes widespesrded destruction and loss of lives,the villages are completely destroyed after facing the winds upto 260kms per hour,most of the ares of the state are sevrely damaged, the port town of Paradeep turns into ghost town and a week after the cyclone 7.5 million of people remained marooned.



Disaster struck Odisha when a super cyclone swept through in the state on October 29, 1999. It soon became evident that it was a national calamity, causing widespeared destruction and loss of lives. A large number of villages were completely destroyed as they faced winds of upto 260kms per hour for 36hours. Communications broke down and several trains were cancelled as Odisha was cut off from the rest of the world. Some 1.5 crore of people were affected and 90 percent of the areas were inundated. Lakhs of people, including those in Cuttack city were marooned.

Relief efforts hit by baad weather and flash floods. The army was called in which moved people to safer areas. With relief not reaching many areas, desperate people resorted to looking as there was a mad sscramble for food. Driven to desperation, the people looted food from thousand of trucks on NH-5, the lifeline of Odisha, which was severely damaged. The port town of Paradeep turned into a ghost town.
A week after the cyclone, some 7.5 million people remained marooned. Special relief commissioner said that despite efforts by Air-force personnel who dropped food packers about 50 percent of the affected population cloud not be reached. Reports of casualties started piling up. Soon a new danger surfaced the speared of disease as bloated bodies lay strain about in the state.

As the state struggled to reach relief to the affected people, the country's weather warning systems came into question. An earlier cyclone had taken a heavy loss of life and property and it was revealed that through there was a cyclone warning the administration had not cared to inform the people. This time nobody seemed to know that the cyclone would be so strong.


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