2015 Pakistan tornado

Severe storm hit areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan on the night of April 26, 2015. It caused considerable damage in the cities of Peshawar, Nowshera, and Charsadda.[2] The storm featured heavy rains accompanied by hail and high-speed winds of over 120 kilometers per hour (or 75 miles per hour).[3] As a result of the storm's damaging effects, 45 people were killed and over 200 were wounded.[3]

2015 Pakistan Cyclone
DurationApril 26, 2015
Highest winds
  • 120 km/h (75 mph)
Fatalities45 deaths, 200 Injuries
Power outagesPeshawar, Nowshera and Charsadda

The storm occurred after parts of Pakistan were already partially flooded from prior rainfall in February 2015, up to a meter (or three feet) deep in some places.[2] The storm also collapsed many buildings’ walls and roofs, took down many electricity poles, and killed livestock and damaged many crops in rural Peshawar and Charsadda (including wheat crops and orchards).[2][3]


After the storm, many people remained injured or without drinkable water, food, and shelter. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government organized and sent members of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PMDA) and the military to aid with rescue and recovery efforts in the areas affected.[2][3][4]

Satellite imagery at time of event

Subsequent wind, rain and hail in the aftermath of the cyclone disrupted the power supply and telecommunication services in the region.[5] The storm was informally dubbed a “mini-cyclone” in the press.[5] Later analysis by the Pakistan Meteorological Department determined that the event was a tornado.[1]

Heavy weather on the next day forced the Pakistani military to cancel two flights to Nepal taking supplies to survivors of the earthquake on the previous day.[5]


  1. ^ a b Ali, Kalbe (28 April 2015). "Peshawar rain, winds caused by tornado, says Met office". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d Agence France-Presse (27 April 2015). "Pakistan 'mini-cyclone' death toll rises to 44: officials". Reliefweb.int. Agence France-Presse. Archived from the original on 26 November 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Ali, Zulfiqar (28 April 2015). "Mini-cyclone death toll rises to 45". Dawn.com. Dawn. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  4. ^ ReliefWeb. "Pakistan: Floods - Apr 2015". Reliefweb.int. OCHA. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Reuters (2015-04-27). "Mini-cyclone kills at least 45 people in north Pakistan". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-01-15. {{cite news}}: |last= has generic name (help)

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