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Orissa Super-cyclone 1999


This very-high-intensity cyclone (T-7 in the Dvorak Scale of T-1 to T-8) was rare in the northern Indian Ocean region. 10 days before the super-cyclone, a cyclone with a wind speed of 200 kilometre per hour (kms/hr) hit the Orissa coast. The India Meteorological Institute issued warnings of another 'depression not touching Orissa' that would occur on October 16. But the super-cyclone landed in Orissa within 6 hours. The news reached the state government by 5.30 am, which found its radio network out of order. Administrators also failed to do adequate evacuation in time because they had never imagined cyclones with wind speeds as high as 220 km/hr.


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