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Once this was a highway. Yes! Before 25th October 1999 this causeway was a part of the marine drive between Ramchandi and Chandrabhaga (Or Puri to Konarak) - now (at least till 2006) it is left as one of the relics of the great cyclone of 1999. Sometimes you have to bow down before nature. Isn't it?

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The 1999 Orissa cyclone, also known as Cyclone 05B, and Paradip cyclone, was the deadliest Indian Ocean tropical cyclone since the 1991 Bangladesh cyclone, and deadliest Indian storm since 1971. The storm made landfall just weeks after a Category 4 storm hit the same general area.

A tropical depression formed over the Malay Peninsula on October 25. It moved to the northwest and became a tropical storm on October 26. It continued to strengthen into a cyclone on the 27th. On October 28, it became a severe cyclone with a peak of 160 mph (260 km/h) winds. It hit India the next day as a 155 mph (250 km/h) cyclone. It caused the deaths of over 10,000 people, and heavy to extreme damage in its path of destruction. More here

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