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Monday, November 1, 1999 Published at 13:13 GMT

World: South Asia

In pictures: Scenes of devastation

The eastern Indian state of Orissa has been left devastated after a powerful cyclone from the Bay of Bengal tore through the region.

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Large areas of the state are still under water and entire villages are feared to have been submerged.

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An aerial view of the heavily-damaged Paradip port, where the cyclone made landfall.

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Army soldiers have been called in for the relief effort but heavy rain hampered their operations.

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Army personnel discuss ways in which to distribute relief supplies among stranded villagers.

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A boy tries to reach his hut with the help of an inflated tyre in the village of Jaleshwar.

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A villager of Soro village salvages his valuables from his inundated hut.

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