Bhubaneswar, Oct. 29 -- Bhubaneswar: October 29, 1999. This date is deeply etched in the memories of people of Odisha. It was the day when tragedy struck in the form of a Super Cyclone which ripped through many parts of the State, leaving a trail of destruction.

Even after 21 years, the date still gives jitters to many, especially those who survived the tragedy and witnessed the devastation from close quarters.

One of them is Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, the present director general of India Meteorological Department (IMD). He was posted at Bhubaneswar coordinating with the Odisha government and giving updates about the development of the cyclone and subsequent intensification into a super cyclone.

In an exclusive interview to OTV, Mohapatra ...