You may be thinking that the deadliest tornado record goes to United states but not this time. Although the United States sees the most tornadoes of any country in the world each year, it’s not the location of the deadliest tornado in recorded history.
According to the World Meteorological Organization, the world’s single deadliest tornado struck the Manikganj district of Bangladesh on April 26, 1989.
The violent tornado carved a path a mile wide and 10 miles long, destroying the towns of Manikgank Sadar and Saturia. An estimated 1,300 people were killed and an additional 12,000 injured.
All structures in a 2.3-square-mile-wide area were destroyed along a portion of the path of the tornado, which left an estimated 80,000 people homeless.
This isn’t the only time Bangladesh has suffered a high death toll from tornadoes. Here’re a few more examples:
- More than 600 people were killed when a series of tornadoes tore through the Jamalpur and Tangail districts on May 13, 1996, according to Thomas Schmidlin and Yuichi Ono.
- Four other tornado events since 1964 have killed more than 500 in Bangladesh (April 11, 1964, April 14, 1969, April 17, 1973, and April 1, 1977), according to Chris Burt of Weather Underground.
- More recently, 69 people were killed by two tornadoes on April 14, 2004.
- A total of 22 people were killed by a tornado on March 22, 2013.
For the comparison, the deadliest tornado outbreak in U.S. history was on March 18, 1925, when 747 people lost their lives. From this total, the Tri-State Tornado alone killed 695 people along its path across three states.
One of the deadliest tornadoes outside the US.
Tornadoes in Bangladesh are most common during the transition to the wet monsoon in the spring. The country’s major month for tornadoes is April, though it’s tornado season starts from March to May, according to Bangladeshtornadoes.org.
High death counts in past Bangladesh tornadoes are the result of a number of factors identified in a 1996 paper by Schmidlin and Ono. High population density, poor building construction, and no warnings systems are just a few of the reasons.
Sadly, Bangladesh is also the country where the deadliest tropical cyclone in history struck. On Nov. 11, 1970, the “Bhola Cyclone” killed at least 300,000 people after it sent a 20- to 30-ft.-high storm surge into the low-lying Bangladesh coastline.
One day nature will unleash all that it’s got over the civilisation and once again Nature will rule! Nature had it’s reasons for this upbringing of the deadliest tornado in Bangladesh.
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