Saturday, October 30, 1999 Published at 19:07 GMT
World: South Asia
Million homeless after cyclone
Up to 10 milion have been affected by the cyclone
Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee says up to 1.5 million people have been made homeless by the cyclone which has wreaked havoc in eastern states.
The storm, classified a supercyclone with winds of over 250km/h (160mph), destroyed communications and cut road, rail and air links to the east of the country on Friday.
The BBC's correspondent in Delhi, Daniel Lak, says politicians are talking about the possibility of international aid.
Air force helicopters have been dropping food parcels to the worst hit areas and rescuers also plan to distribute food, vaccines and polyethylene sheets to cyclone victims.
More than 100,000 houses have been damaged and 50,000 people evacuated from nine coastal villages.
Missing at sea
Officials in Orissa's state capital, Bhubaneshwar, said nine deaths have been confirmed but that number is expected to rise rapidly.
Up to 400 fisherman have been reported missing, and 4,000 others are believed to be stranded at sea.
The cyclone ripped through the port town of Paradwip, then moved on to Bhubaneshwar, 90km (55 miles) from the coast.
An official said the port and parts of the town had been "extensively damaged".
A similar storm hit the area less than two weeks ago, killing more than 150 people and affecting nearly 500,000 others.