Updated April 19, 2023 | Infoplease Staff
Find data about the most intense and deadliest cyclones from 1864 through present day.
- Oct. 5, Calcutta, India: 70,000 killed.
- Oct. 16, Bengal, India: about 40,000 lives lost.
- Oct. 10, East Pakistan: cyclone and tidal wave killed about 6,000.
- May 28–29, East Pakistan: cyclone killed about 22,000 along coast.
- May 11–12 and June 1–2, East Pakistan: cyclones killed about 47,000.
- Dec. 15, Karachi, Pakistan: about 10,000 killed.
- Nov. 12–13, East Pakistan: cyclone and tidal waves killed 200,000 and another 100,000 were reported missing.
- Sept. 29, Orissa state, India: cyclone and tidal wave killed as many as 10,000 off the Bay of Bengal.
- Dec. 25, Darwin, Australia: cyclone destroyed nearly the entire city; 50 reported dead.
- Nov. 19, Andhra Pradesh, India: cyclone and tidal wave claimed lives of 20,000.
- April 30, southeast Bangladesh: cyclone killed over 131,000 and left up to 9 million homeless. Thousands of survivors died from hunger and water-borne disease.
- Oct. 29, Orissa state, India: supercyclone swept in from Bay of Bengal, killing at least 9,573 and leaving over 10 million homeless.
- March 8, Antalaha, Madagascar: Cyclone Gafilo, with winds of 160 mph and heavy rains, leaves hundreds of thousands homeless and killed 295 people. More than 100 were on a ferry that sank off the island of Comoros.
- November 15, southern Bangladesh: Cyclone Sidr, with winds over 100 miles per hour, killed nearly 3,500 people in southern Bangladesh. The United Nations reported that a million people are left homeless.
- May 3, Myanmar: Cyclone Nargis hit the Irrawaddy Delta and the city of Yangon, killing at least 22,500 people— 41,000 more still missing. Most of the deaths and destruction were caused by a 12-foot high tidal wave that formed during the storm.
- March 14, Vanuatu: Tropical Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu directly. At least 3,300 people sought shelter in 37 evacuation centers. The United Nations called Cyclone Pam the South Pacific's worst natural disaster. Nine countries experienced some level of devastation due to the storm: Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Fiji, Tuvalu, and Papua New Guinea. The death toll was 11, according to the UN on March 17, but the number was expected to rise as the rescue effort continued.
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