BanglaCapsule | Natural Disasters in Bangladesh Timeline  

Apr-02-1762 The great earthquake which raised the coast of Foul island by 2.74m and the northwest coast of Chedua island by 6.71m above sea level and also caused a permanent submergence of 155.40 sq km near Chittagong.
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Apr-10-1775 Severe earthquake strikes Dhaka but no loss of life.
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Mai-11-1812 Severe earthquake occured in many places of Bangladesh. The earthquake proved violent in Sylhet.
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Okt-31-1876 Severe storm hits Meghna estuary and coasts of Chittagong, Barisal, Noakhali; most severe storm-surge of about 12.2m (40 ft) height; about 200,000 people died during the storm.
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Nov-01-1876 'Great Bakerganj Storm' hit Barisal region with a wind force of 220 kmph killing about two lakh people; the tidal surge created by the storm was as high as 10 feet to 45 feet.
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Jul-14-1885 Earthquake known as the Bengal earthquake occurred with 7.0 magnitude and the epicentre was at Manikganj. This event was generally associated with the deep-seated Jamuna fault.
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Jan-10-1889 Earthquake occured with 7.5 magnitude and the epicentre at Jaintia Hills. It affected Sylhet town and surrounding areas.
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Jun-12-1897 Earthquake known as Great India earthquake occured with a magnitude of 8.7 and epicentre at Shillong Plateau. The tremor was felt throughout Bengal, from the south Lushai Hills on the east to Shahbad on the west.
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Okt-24-1897 Hurricane reached maximum intensity with series of storm-waves and hits Chittagong; Kutubdia Island and coastal villages were swept over; 14,000 people killed and 18,000 died in epidemics (cholera) that followed.
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Sep-16-1909 Cyclonic storm-waves hits Khulna killing 698 people and 70,654 cattles.
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Sep-24-1917 Hurricane struck Khulna; 432 people killed and 28,029 cattles lost.
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Jul-08-1918 Srimangal earthquake strikes at 7.6 on the Richter scale and its epicentre was in Balisera valley near Srimangal. Although there was damage, the intensity rapidly decreased due to the shallow focal depth and only minor effects were felt in Dhaka.
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Jul-18-1918 Earthquake known as the Srimangal earthquake occurred with a magnitude of 7.6 and epicentre at Srimangal, Maulvi Bazar. Intense damage occurred in Srimangal, but in Dhaka only minor effects were observed.
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Sep-09-1923 A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Netrokona District in Bangladesh at a depth of 15.0 km.
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Mai-19-1948 May 17-19, cyclonic storm hits between Chittagong and Noakhali; about 1,200 persons killed and 20,000 cattle lost.
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Aug-15-1950 Earthquake known as Assam earthquake occurred with a magnitude of 8.4 with the epicentre in Assam, India. The tremor was felt throughout Bangladesh but no damage was reported.
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Mai-19-1958 May 16-19, Cyclonic storm along with surge hits East and west Meghna estuary, east of Barisal, Noakhali; 870 people killed, 14,500 cattle lost and standing crops destroyed.
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Okt-24-1958 October 21-24, Cyclonic storm hits Chittagong coast; about 100,000 families lost their homes.
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Okt-10-1960 Severe cyclonic storm hits Eastern Meghna estuary (Noakhali, Bakerganj, Faridpur and Patuakhali); maximum wind speed 201 km/hr, maximum storm wave 3.05m; 3,000 lives lost, 62,725 houses damaged and thousands of cattle perished.
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Okt-31-1960 October 30-31, Severe cyclonic storm hits Chittagong, Noakhali, Bakerganj, Faridpur, Patuakhali and eastern Meghna estuary; maximum wind speed 210 km/hr, surge height 4.5-6.1m; about 10,000 persons killed, 27,793 cattle lost.
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Mai-09-1961 Severe cyclonic storm hits Bagerhat and Khulna; wind speed of 161 km/hr, surge 2.44-3.05m; 11,468 people killed and about 25,000 cattlehead destroyed.
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Okt-30-1962 October 26-30, Severe cyclonic storm hits Feni; wind speed of 161 km/hr, surge 2.5-3.0m; about 1,000 people died and many domestic cattle perished.
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Mai-23-1963 May 20-23, In East Pakistan a cyclone killed about 22,000 along coast of the Bay of Bengal.
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Mai-28-1963 Cyclone hits Chittagong, about 1 million houses destroyed.
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Apr-11-1964 The Bangladesh Observer reported that as many as 500 people may have died as a tornado destroyed villages in the Narail and Magura regions of Jessore.
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Jan-02-1965 Jun 1-2, The 2nd of 2 cyclones in less than a month killed 35,000 along the Ganges River in East Pakistan.
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Mai-12-1965 May 11-12, Severe cyclonic storm hits Barisal and Bakerganj; maximum speed 162 km/hr with storm-wave rising 3.7m; total loss of life 19,279; in Barisal alone 16,456 people killed.
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Jun-02-1965 The 2nd of 2 cyclones in less than a month killed 35,000 along the Ganges River in East Pakistan during June 1-2.
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Dez-15-1965 December 14-15, Severe cyclonic storm with storm-wave hits Cox's Bazar along with adjacent coastal area and Patuakhali; storm-wave rising 4.7-6.1m; maximum speed 210 km/hr; 873 people killed.
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Sep-15-1966 Dhaka city became stagnant due to continuous rainfall for 52 hours, which resulted in pools of water 1.83m deep for about 12 hours.
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Okt-01-1966 Severe cyclonic storm in Sandwip, Bakerganj, Khulna, Chittagong, Noakhali and Comilla with storm-waves of 4.7-9.1m, maximum wind speed 146 km/hr; affected 1.5 million people, loss of life and livestock were 850 and 65,000 respectively.
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Apr-14-1969 Tornado locally known as Kalbaishakhi struck Demra (Dhaka district) with wind speed of 643 km/hr; 922 people killed and 16,511 injured; estimated loss Tk 40 to 50 million.
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Nov-12-1970 A cyclone hit the entire coast of Bangladesh with a maximum wind speed of 222-km per hour causing 10 to 20 feet high tidal surge; official death toll was 500,000, but the unofficial figure was about 120,0000.
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Nov-13-1970 November 12-13, Deadly cyclonic storm hits Chittagong, Barguna, Khepupara, Patuakhali and nearby Chars; maximum wind speed 222 km/hr, maximum storm surge 10.6m; death toll 500,000, over one million cattles lost.
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Nov-06-1971 November 5-6, Severe cyclonic storm hits Chittagong coast; exact figures of the loss of lives and cattle are not available.
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Nov-30-1971 November 28-30, Cyclonic storm hits Sundarban coast; wind speed of 97-113 km/hr and storm surge of less than 1m; Khulna district experienced stormy weather and low lying areas of Khulna town inundated.
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Dez-09-1973 December 6-9, Severe cyclonic storm accompanied by storm surge hits Sundarban coast, low-lying coastal areas of Patuakhali and adjoining offshore islands inundated.
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Nov-28-1974 November 24-28, Severe cyclonic storm hits coastal belt from Cox's Bazar to Chittagong and offshore islands; wind speed of 161 km/hr and storm surge of 2.8-5.2 m; 200 people killed, 1000 cattle lost and 2,300 houses perished.
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Mai-12-1975 May 9-12, Severe cyclonic storm hits Bhola, Cox's Bazar and Khulna; wind speed of 96.5 to 112.6 km/hr; 5 persons killed and a number of fishermen missing.
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Mai-12-1977 May 9-12, Cyclonic storm hits Khulna, Noakhali, Patuakhali, Barisal, Chittagong and offshore islands; wind speed of 112.63 km/hr; exact figures of the loss of lives and cattle are not available.
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Okt-15-1983 October 14-15, Severe cyclonic storm hits offshore islands and chars of Chittagong and Noakhali; maximum wind speed of 122 km/hr; 43 persons killed, 6 fishing boats and a trawler lost, more than 150 fishermen and 100 fishing boats missing.
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Nov-09-1983 November 5-9, Severe cyclonic storm (hurricane) hits Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, St Martin's Island, Teknaf, Ukhia, Moipong, Sonadia, Barisal, Patuakhali and Noakhali; maximum wind speed 136 km/hr; storm surge height 1.52m; 300 fishermen missing.
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Mai-25-1985 May 24-25, Severe cyclonic storm hits Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Noakhali and their offshore islands (Sandwip, Hatiya, and Urirchar); maximum wind speed 154 km/hr and storm surge of 3.0-4.6m; about 11,069 persons killed, 94,379 and livestock lost 135,033.
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Nov-09-1986 November 8-9, Cyclonic storm hits offshore islands and chars of Chittagong, Barisal, Patuakhali and Noakhali; maximum wind speed 110 km/hr; 14 people killed.
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Sep-04-1988 Officials in Bangladesh reported that floods had inundated three-quarters of their impoverished nation, claiming at least 882 lives.
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Nov-30-1988 November 24-30, Severe cyclonic storm hits Jessore, Kushtia, Faridpur, offshore islands and chars of Barisal and Khulna; wind speed 162 km/hr, storm surge of 4.5m; killed 5,708 people and wild animals - deer 15,000, Royal Bengal Tiger 9 and cattle 65,000.
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Dez-01-1988 596 were killed after a cyclone hit Bangladesh. Half a million were left homeless.
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Apr-29-1991 The Great Cyclone of 1991 crossed Bangladesh coast during the night. The dimension exceeded the size of Bangladesh with maximum wind speed of 225 km/hr, death toll was 150,000.
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Apr-30-1991 A cyclone in Bangladesh killed an estimated 131,000 people. 9 million were left homeless. Thousands of survivors died from hunger and water borne disease.
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Mai-11-1991 President Bush dispatched an amphibious task force with thousands of Marines and dozens of helicopters to help cyclone-ravaged Bangladesh with disaster relief efforts.
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Mai-15-1991 Amphibious Task Force arrives at Chittagong, Bangladesh, for relief operations after Cyclone Marian.
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Mai-03-1994 April 29 - May 3, Severe cyclonic storm hits offshore islands and chars of Cox's Bazar; maximum wind speed of 210 km/hr; people killed about 400, cattle lost about 8,000.
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Nov-25-1995 November 21-25, Severe cyclonic storm hits offshore islands and chars of Cox's Bazar; maximum wind speed of 210 km/hr; about 650 people killed, 17,000 cattlehead perished.
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Mai-19-1997 A cyclone pounded the country and 50,000 people were evacuated from the flat coastal region. 350 people were reported killed during May 18-19.
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Jul-19-1997 An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale jolts Chittagong and its adjoining areas, tumbled a four-storied building in Hamzarbagh and left 23 people dead and over 20 injured.
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Nov-22-1997 Earthquake occured in Chittagong with a magnitude of 6.0. It caused minor damage around Chittagong town.
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Nov-29-1997 An earthquake rocked Bangladesh and eastern India and that 21 people were killed in Chittagong.
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Nov-30-1997 November 29 -30: A cyclone swept through Chittagong at a speed of 224 kmph, generating 6.1 metre-high tidal waves killing about 1.5 lakh people.
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Jan-06-1998 Frigid weather killed at least 165 people over the last 2 weeks.
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Mai-20-1998 May 16-20, Severe cyclonic storm (hurricane) hits offshore islands and chars of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Noakhali; wind speed of 150 km/hr, storm surge of 1.83 to 2.44m, at least 14 people killed, nearly 100 fisherman missing.
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Jul-17-1998 A week of flooding left 54 people dead.
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Sep-07-1998 20 million Bangladeshis had their homes swamped by monsoon flood that had lasted 2 months. Over 700 people were reported killed.
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Sep-24-2000 Flooding forced some 60,000 to flee their homes and at least 9 people sere killed.
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Okt-01-2000 45 people were reported killed in Bangladesh during 3 weeks of flooding.
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Okt-08-2000 In southwestern Bangladesh fresh rains submerged 25 villages.
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Apr-11-2001 Agricultural crops of 2 thousand hector and around 500 houses were damaged to the storm and norwester at Dirai Upazila of Sunamgonj district.
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Apr-17-2001 Agricultural crops and around 800 houses were damaged to the storm and nor waster at different places of Gazipur, Kishoregonj and Sirajgong district.
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Apr-19-2001 Agricultural crops of 5 thousand hector and around 3000 houses, shops and institution were damaged to the storm and nor waster at five unions of Chandina and Daudkandi district. 2 people died and more than 200 were injured.
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Jul-07-2002 Nearly two dozen people were killed and thousands left homeless as torrential monsoon rains lashed large parts of Asia over the weekend, worsening floods and triggering fresh storms and landslides. Monsoon flooding killed at least 11 in Bangladesh.
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Jul-28-2002 Torrential overnight rains set off more floods in eastern India as the death toll from floods in India, Nepal and Bangladesh passed 300.
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Aug-13-2002 Deaths from flooding in Bangladesh (157), India (265) and Nepal (422) and reached at least 874.
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Jan-11-2003 The death toll from Bangladesh’’’s coldest winter in six years reached 489.
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Jun-29-2003 Monsoon floods claimed 45 lives in the past four days, washing away many houses and displacing thousands of villagers.
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Jul-27-2003 Earthquake occurred in Kolabunia union of Barkal upazila, Rangamati district with magnitude 5.1. The time was at 05:17:26.8 hours.
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Apr-14-2004 Tornadoes swept through northern Bangladesh, killing at least 69 people, injuring hundreds and blowing away thousands of flimsy huts.
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Jul-27-2004 The worst flooding in years turned the capital, Dhaka, into an open sewer and disease spread.
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Aug-05-2004 The death toll from monsoons in Bangladesh and India reached 1,823.
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Mrz-20-2005 15,000 people were left homeless after twin tornadoes simultaneously tore through northern Gaibandha and Rangpur districts, killing 55 people and wounding 1,000 others.
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Jun-13-2006 Heavy rain in last three days and onrush of water from hills across the border triggered flash flood in Sylhet and Moulvibazar districts, leaving at least 30,000 people marooned and disrupting road links in several areas.
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Mrz-22-2007 At least 10 people were killed and around 200 were injured as the year's first violent storm swept through Lalmohon and Char Borhanuddin upazilas in Bhola district.
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Aug-01-2007 Bangladesh officials said monsoon floods had misplaced or marooned 5 million people and left 40 dead.
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Aug-04-2007 Deaths from monsoon rains in Bangladesh topped 200, with at least 16 more fatalities reported overnight. 7.5 million people have been either marooned or displaced from their homes.
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Nov-07-2007 An earthquake with its epicentre near the Bangladesh-India border measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale jolts the south-eastern region of the country in the afternoon leaving 10 people injured; The quake was strongest in Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Bandarban, Khagrachhari, Feni, Noakhali and Comilla and was also felt in the capital.
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Nov-15-2007 A devastating Cyclone named Sidr hit Bangladesh, killing an estimated 5000 people and destroyed the world's largest mangrove forest, Sundarbans.
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Okt-27-2008 Tropical Cyclone 'Rashmi' swept ashore in southern Bangladesh, killing 15 and injuring 200 more; thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed and at least 1,000 cattles were killed.
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Mai-25-2009 At least 200 people were killed and thousands went missing after cyclone Aila with packing wind of up-to 90km/hr hit Bangladesh's south-western coast.
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Jul-28-2009 Heaviest rain in 53 years battered the capital, Dhaka, leaving at least six people dead and stranding thousands in their swamped homes.
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Sep-04-2009 An earthquake measuring 6 on Richter scale rocked Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong Hill Tracts. However, no damages were reported as the quake took place deep in the ground. The epicenter of the tremor was on the Myanmar-India border, 424 kilometers away from the BMD Seismic Centre in Dhaka.
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Mai-16-2013 Cyclonic Storm Viyaru, formerly known as Cyclonic Storm Mahasen has lashed coastal areas of Bangladesh, killing 12 people, destroying thousands of huts and forcing up to a million people to flee.
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Mai-21-2016 Cyclone Roanu made landfall near Chittagong. A storm surge up to 7 ft (2.0 m) hit the coast of Bangladesh at afternoon. The cyclone approached the land over the coast at Sandwip, Hatia, Kutubdia, Sitakundu and Feni. 30 people died and around 40,000 homesteads and business houses were damaged.
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Nov-10-2019 Cyclone Bulbul struck the Indian state of West Bengal as well as Bangladesh causing storm surge, heavy rains, and flash floods across the areas killing 17 people in Bangladesh & 14 districts were heavily affected.
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