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Killed by Storms

Map No. 251

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Storms include cyclones, hurricanes, tornados, tropical storms, typhoons, and winter storms. The majority of all storm deaths between 1975 and 2000 occurred in Bangladesh: 138,987 people died due to a cyclone in 1991. Of all the storm deaths during this period, 72% were in Southern Asia.

The highest rates of deaths caused by storms are mainly in island territories or territories with significant coastlines. The twenty territories with the highest storm-death rate are all located wholly or partly between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

"The weather that accompanies a cyclone is torrential rain along with high winds; inundation by surge is, however, the most terrifying event." Sazedur Rahman, 2001

Territory size shows the proportion of all people who have died in disasters due to storms, who died there, between 1975 and 2000. A disaster, here, is an event which overwhelms local resources.


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