Tornadoes rarely occur over India, but they do occur. Recently, on 31 March 2009, a tornado with a wind speed of about 250 kmph, and accompanied by a thunderstorm, rainfall and hail, struck Rajakanika block of Kendrapara district of Orissa causing the loss of about 15 human lives and leaving several injured, apart from damage to property. A detailed preliminary report on this event is available on the web site of the India Meteorological Department at