Whirl­wind of Dis­as­ter

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1998

Un­heeded Death Knell

Jayan­tib­hai, his fam­ily and 28 oth­ers clam­bered onto the roof of his house near the salt pans of Gu­jarat’s Kandla to es­cape tides surg­ing as high as 20 ft. Just then, a large swirl struck his home and it crum­bled. As Jayan­tib­hai clung to a pil­lar, he watched with horror as his two daugh­ters, his wife and ev­ery­one else were dragged into the roil­ing waters. INDIATODAY, JUNE 22, 1998

1999

The Day Hope Died

Khi­rode Swain had no chance. On the evening of Oc­to­ber 29 he ven­tured out into 290 kmph killer winds. In­dia’s most dev­as­tat­ing cy­clone was mak­ing land­fall at Paradip in Odisha. Swain tried leav­ing his shel­ter in a con­crete school build­ing to visit his one-room ten­e­ment to check his be­long­ings. Like un­counted thou­sands, he was swept away by a surge of ocean wa­ter pulled in­land by the cy­clone. INDIATODAY, NOVEM­BER 15, 1999

BOD­IES PILED UP FOR CRE­MA­TION AT PARADIP BEACH

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