Internationally acclaimed Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a sand sculpture on super cyclone 1999 victims. Clean Beach Festival 2016 will be held at Paradip Sea Beach aiming at bringing an awareness beach cleanliness through various fun filled activities.
On October 29, 1999, a super cyclone with a wind speed of 300 mph had struck Odisha, making it probably the greatest cyclonic disaster ever recorded in the last century.
The cyclone dumped heavy torrential rain over Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Ganjam and Jajpur, causing record breaking flooding in the low-lying areas. The storm surge was 26 feet (8 meters). It struck the coast of Odisha, traveling up to 20 km inland. 17,110 km² (6,600 mi²) of crops were destroyed, and an additional 90 million trees were either uprooted or had snapped.
Approximately 275,000 homes were destroyed, leaving 1.67 million people homeless. Another 19.5 million people were affected by the supercyclone to some degree. A total of 9,803 people officially died from the storm, with 40 others still missing, though estimates of the dead and missing have been as high as 15,000. 8,119 of those fatalities were from the Jagatsinghpur district.