On 12th November 1970 Bhola cyclone was a devastating tropical cyclone that struck East Pakistan (todays Bangladesh) and India's West Bengal. It still remains the deadliest tropical cyclone that has ever been recorded. The exact number of deaths is unknown but it is estimated that around 300,000 to 500,000 people lost their lives because of this storm, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in modern history.

 

Boha cyclone flooded most of the low lying islands in the Ganges Delta wiping out entire villages in a few hours. This cyclone wasn’t the largest one since it was equal to a Category 3 Hurricane but its killing power was huge and mostly caused by the cyclone's surge.


It began in the central Bay of Bengal on 8th of November and traveled north, as the results showed. On November 11th, winds reached up to 185 km/h hitting the coast of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) the next afternoon. Upazila, Tazumuddin where the most severely affected areas with over 45% of the population being killed by the storm.


The storm was disastrous leaving behind many victims, a huge cost for the country and affliction for those who survived.

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