The Ten Deadliest Hurricanes World Wide

The Ten Worst Hurricanes Worldwide
The Deadliest Worldwide Hurricanes
The Ten Worst Cyclones

***UPDATED***
2008 Burma Cyclone/Hurricane may top 100,000, making it the sixth worst recorded cyclone.

It is interesting to note that most of the deadliest hurricanes have occurred in southeastern Asia and India, where flooding from tropical cyclones have wreaked havoc on low-lying, highly populated areas. Note that hurricanes in the western world are called cyclones in the east.

1.
November 13, 1970
East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)

The deadliest hurricane on record struck East Pakistan, flooding the low lying areas. At least 500,000 deaths are blamed on the storm, with some estimates rising as high as 1 million. The storm also had historical consequences: the apparent indifference of Muslim West Pakistan to the plight of the East Pakistanis has been blamed in part for the eventual separation of East Pakistan, which now is Bangladesh.

2.
October 7, 1737
Bengal, India

This hurricane killed at least 300,000.

3.
1881
Haiphong, Vietnam

The Haiphong Hurricane killed approximately 300,000

4.
1876
Bengal, India

200,000 casualties.

5.
June 6, 1882
Bombay, India
At least 100,000

6.
May 3, 2008
Burma (Myannmar)
100,000?
The death toll still is being counted from Cyclone Nargis, but foreign diplomats now are saying the total is 100,000

7.
October 5, 1864
Calcutta, India

50,000 to 70,000

8.
June, 1965
East Pakistan

35,000 to 40,000

9.
October 16, 1942
Bengal, India

35,000

10.
May 28 - 29, 196
East Pakistan

22,000

11.
October 10 - 12, 1780
The Caribbean

This is another hurricane with historical consequences. The worst hurricane in Atlantic history, it killed more than 20,000 when it slammed into Martinique and the Barbados. It also severely damaged a British fleet in the area, shifting the balance of power to the French. This ultimately led to the defeat of the British fleet in the Battle of the Chesapeake and Washington’s victory at Yorktown.

Posted by The Editor on 05/07 at 12:26 PM

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