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Odisha: From 1999 super cyclone to Jawad: Odisha's tryst with 10 cyclones in 22 years December 06,2021   |  Source: News18

Odisha has encountered 10 cyclones, including the approaching Jawad, in a span of 22 years and the frequency of such natural disasters is only on the rise, official records of the State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) showed.

Here’s a list of major cyclones that have hit Odisha’s shores in the past two decades:


Memories of the 1999 super cyclone is still fresh, wind speed of which could not be properly ascertained at the meteorological centre, Bhubaneswar, as the velocity crossed the capacity of the anemometer available then. The ‘Very Severe Cyclonic Storm’ left over 10,000 people dead. After the severe storm, the state had experienced another major calamity in cyclone Phailin.


Cyclone Phailin made landfall near Gopalpur in Ganjam district on October 12, 2013, becoming the second strongest tropical cyclone in India since 1999. It had hit Odisha at a wind speed of 140 mph leading to more than 550,000 people to move from the coastal to interior and safer regions. Twenty-three people were killed in the cyclonic storm after the Naveen Patnaik government set a “Zero Casualty" mission with precautionary measures in place, the records stated.


Phailin was followed by cyclone Hudhud in 2014 that

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