Kendrapara, Oct 30 (LocalWire): Seaside villagers in Kendrapara district commemorated the 21st anniversary of the Super Cyclone on Thursday (Oct 29).
The cyclone, which hit the state on Oct 29, 1999, killed 387 people from the district.
Relatives of the people who perished in the cyclone performed oblations (pind daan), praying for peace for their souls.
Kalandi Hati, 60, from Tentulikandha village, lost five family members in the cyclone when tidal waves washed away the village.
“Even after 21 years, the specter of the cyclone haunts me. My wife, two sons, and two daughters died in the wrath of the cyclone,” he said.
Antarjami Swain, 48, of the same village, lost his father Arjun, wife Minati, and two minor daughters in the cyclone.
“My mother and I managed to cling to a coconut tree and survived the 12-feet-high tidal wave,” he recalls.
Officials on Thursday held a memorial ceremony and called for more awareness and preparedness for natural disasters.
Relatives of people who were killed by tidal waves gathered at the memorial towers at Mahakalapada to remember their beloved.
“The force of the tidal wave demolished the whole village of Sandakuda including our three-roomed thatched house.
I lost two sons, two daughters and my wife. All were washed away and I never found their bodies,” said Amar, blinking away tears.