November 19, 2007 / 5:07 AM / 11 years ago

CHRONOLOGY-Bangladesh's deadly storms

DHAKA, Nov 19 (Reuters) - The death toll from Bangladesh’s worst cyclone since 1991 stood at more than 2,300 on Monday, and rescuers feared the toll could rise sharply as they struggle to reach isolated areas of devastation.

Low-lying Bangladesh is especially prone to destructive storms, with many of its 140 million people living around major river deltas.

Here is a chronology of some major cyclones in Bangladesh since 1960.

— October 30, 1960: About 10,000 people are killed after a cyclone packing winds of 210 km per hour (131 mph) hits Bangladesh at night.

— May 9, 1961: About 12,500 people are killed in a cyclone with top wind speed of 161 kph (101 mph).

— May 28, 1963: Severe cyclone hits Chittagong coast in the night, destroying about 1 million homes, and killing more than 11,500 people.

— Nov. 12, 1970: The country’s deadliest cyclone; packing maximum winds speed of 222-km an hour and whipping up a 15-20 foot tidal surge, the storm swamped Chittagong and dozens of coastal villages and kills around 500,000.

— May 24, 1985: About 11,000 people killed in cyclone that roared in from Bay of Bengal and hit Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and coastal islands.

— April 29, 1991: Around 143,000 people killed after cyclone pummels the southern coast with a 15-foot tidal surge.

(Compiled by Nizam Ahmed; Editing by Bill Tarrant)



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