Bhubaneswar, Oct 29: On this day (October 29) in 1999, a ‘super cyclone’ slammed into Odisha, then known as Orissa, killing around 10,000 people. It was a day when death and its nauseating stench was everywhere.
The 1999 super cyclone made landfall in Paradip on October 29 between Ersama and Balikuda in Jagatsinghpur district with winds of upto 300 kmph and ripped the state apart. Winds of 260 kmph raged for over 36 hours.
It is probably the worst cyclonic disaster ever recorded in the century. Over 3.5 lakh houses were destroyed, thousands of houses were completely washed away and more than two lakh animals were killed in coastal districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Puri and Ganjam.
The wind speed was so high that the anemometer, a device used for measuring wind speed, had failed to record it.
The immediate aftermath of the super cyclone was such that people fought to get their hands on food and looted trucks carrying relief materials.