At least sixteen people are reported to have died in a cyclonic storm that tore through coastal areas of Orissa State, in eastern India.
GV PAN Flooded village
SV Women walking through floodwater with lorry stuck in background
GV PAN FROM Wrecked huts to floodwater.
SV PAN FROM Gushing floodwater across out-off road
GV Flooded temple sticks out of water
GV Tree across road with people walking by
LV Damaged houses with roofs off (3 shots)
SV Villagers clear wreckage from huts
SV Women and children carry dry firewood through water
SV Villagers clear remains of house (3 shots)
SV PAN Telegraph lines down
GV Wrecked houses in village
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Background: At least sixteen people are reported to have died in a cyclonic storm that tore through coastal areas of Orissa State, in eastern India.
The storm, which was the second in the area in ten months, ravaged wide areas of low-lying land when it hit last Saturday (9 September)
Heavy rain which fell for 48 hours caused the evacuation of thousands of villagers.
Winds up to 75 miles (120 kms) an hour swept in with the cyclone, levelling wide areas and wrecking thousands of homes.
Hardest hit were the coastal towns of Puri and Paradeep, where communication water and power supplies were disrupted.
More than 5,000 people died when a cyclone and tidal wave hit the Orissa coast last October, and authorities believe that lessons learnt in that disaster prevented a repetition of the tragedy at the weekend.
SYNOPSIS: Floodwater sweep through villages and towns in the wake of a cyclonic storm which hit the Eastern Indian state of Orissa. It was the second to hit the area is ten months, and claimed sixteen lives. The storm tore into the coastal areas with unexpected ferocity, although authorities had early warning of its coming.
Wide areas of low-lying land were ravaged as heavy rains fell for forty-eight hours. But the early warning had enabled thousands of villagers to be evacuated before the full force of the storm and following floods had reached their peak.
Hardest hit by the winds that reached 75 miles an hour were the coastal towns of Puri and Paradeep. Thousands of homes were wrecked.
As the heartbreaking task of clearing up began, authorities set about repairing communications and the water and power supplies that had been disrupted by the storm.
The Orissa coast was the scene of an even greater tragedy last October when a cyclone and tidal wave took the lives of more than 5,000 people.
Authorities believe that the lessons learned then helped avert a similar tragedy in the latest cyclone.