Typhoons, cyclones, hurricanes are characterized as strong weather conditions, happening seasonally in some regions, causing inconsiderable losses. Consequently, the consequences are always shocking, due to ravage in housing and the high number of fatalities.
As a result, once the stormy weather starts, panic feels the air, as people worry much about the disasters which might happen. But which disaster is the worst? Find out more about that in this article.
The most devastating cyclones
Among the most fatal cyclones, we can cite Hugli River Cyclone in 1737 and Cyclone Nargis in 2008. Both violently hit India and neighboring countries. The deadliest Hugli River Cyclone is also known as the Hooghly River or Calcutta Cyclone. It caused heavy rains and landslides. The Ganges River Delta water level rose up to 10-13 meters (which is between 30-40 feet). The rain was pouring for 6 hours, and the rainfall reached a record of 381 millimeters (15 inches).
The storm trailed about 330 km inland before it drove away. More than 300,000 people were estimated to have died. Additionally, the Nargis Cyclone in 2008 also severely hit India, and other regions like Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Laos, and Bangladesh. The disaster brought about over 200,000 human losses.
The deadliest typhoons in the records
Haiphong Typhoon originated from the Gulf of Tonkin, near the Philippines; and then, it moved forward and hit the sidelines of Vietnam in October 1881. The violent storm resulted in serious material losses and 300,000 casualties. Later, more people died from the disaster due to the quick spread of diseases and hunger.
Equally destructive, Super Typhoon Nina, which struck Haiti and China's coastal city of Hualien made severe damages, causing almost 200,000 human losses. The gale reached a peak of 185 kilometers per hour. After hitting Haiti, it led to deadly landslides in the coastal city of China. Roads were cut due to the collapse of the Banqiao and Shimantandams; the city was flooded. The rainfall extended to 189.5 mm per hour.
Hurricanes are equally as violent
A deadly hurricane of category 4 hit Galveston, Texas in 1900. The small town in the Gulf of Mexico has suffered from other devastating hurricanes. In 1900 a violent hurricane hit the village of Texas, leading to the fatalities of approximately 10,000 people. At that time, the population in the country was below 40,000.
In 1780, Barbados Island experienced a deadly hurricane for the first time in its history. The storm originated from the Cape Verde Islands before moving forward until it caused serious ravages westward to Barbados, Saint Lucia and the Martinique. The disaster made 4,500 deaths in Barbados, while an estimate of 5,000 casualties were recorded in Saint Lucia, and 10,000 fatalities were recorded in the Martinique.
The death toll was estimated to have reached a total of around 25,000. When talking about natural disasters, hurricane Katrina in New Orleans was equally unforgettable. It severely hit the region, leading to the deaths of 2,000 people over just a short period of time.
In brief, when it comes to natural disasters, it can be said that all kinds of natural disasters cause inconsiderable human losses and ravages. To better cope with such fatalities, it is good to be strong within. Prem Rawat is an ambassador of peace who has written about ways to inner tranquility. His best-seller “When the Dessert Blooms” has inspired readers to discover their inner strengths and hope in life. Through The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) he brings assistance and support to victims of natural disasters. The foundation is looking for volunteers to join them. Learn more : https://www.wopg.org/prem-rawat/