There really isn’t anything in the world more powerful than nature.
When it decides to unleash its force, hurricanes are one of the most destructive & deadly.
In this list we’ll be showing you 5 of the deadliest hurricanes ever recorded.
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5) Hurricane Pauline
In 1997 Hurricane Pauline struck southern Mexico with winds of 130mph.
Working it’s way up the Mexican coastline, Pauline dumped torrential rainfalls with 16″ of rain in Acapulco alone!
The relentless downpour caused disastrous land slides in some of Mexico’s poorest villages, killing roughly 250-500 people and leaving a striking 300,000 people homeless.
Beyond all the lives destroyed, Hurricane Pauline caused a massive amount of damage, exceeding $7.5 billion.
4) Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina was one of the top five deadliest and most expensive hurricanes in the history of the United States.
At least 1,833 people died from the hurricane and the aftermath, and the estimated cost was at $81 billion.
The hurricane began as a Category 1 hurricane in August 2005 when it hit the Bahamas and Florida, but strengthened to a Category 5 in the Gulf of Mexico before landing in Louisiana as a Category 3.
80% of New Orleans was completely flooded, and stayed that way for weeks.
Because of this, over one million people moved to other parts of the country.
By January 2006, only 200,00 were living in New Orleans, which was less than half of the pre-storm population.
3) Cyclone Nargis
In 2008, Bangladesh, Burma, India & Sri Lanka were hit by one of the deadliest hurricanes ever recorded.
An estimated 138,000 people died & $10 billion worth of destruction was caused.
Winds reached 130 mph which swept up most of the land including crops.
Relief efforts were slowed for political reasons as Burma’s military rulers initially resisted large-scale international aid.
However a few days later they finally accepted the aid.
Relief efforts were hampered back further as only 10 days later central China was hit by a massive earthquake killing 87,000 people & causing $85 billion worth of damage.
2) Typhoon Nina
This wasn’t a regular Typhoon, in 1975 Typhoon Nina landed onto the scene with a bang, hitting China hard and quickly destroying the Banqiao Dam.
The collapse of the Banqiao Dam led to such great flooding that it set off a series of dam collapses throughout China, greatly magnifying the damage caused by Typhoon Nina.
With winds speeds of 155 mph and a 230,000+ death toll, Typhoon Nina is not just one of the deadliest hurricanes but one of the deadliest natural disasters.
1) Bhola cyclone
Taking the cake for the deadliest tropical cyclone ever recorded, the Bhola Cyclone hit East Pakistan which is Bangladesh today and India’s West Bengal on November 12, 1970.
While the exact death toll is unknown it is estimated that 300,000-500,000 people perished in the aftermath of this storm, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in recent history.
This cyclone was not extremely large, reaching strengths equivalent of a Category 3 Hurricane.
The killing power of this storm was almost completely attributed to the cyclone’s surge, which flooded most of the low lying islands in the Ganges Delta, literally wiping villages and crops off the face of the Earth.
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