The Daulatpur–Saturia, Bangladesh tornado occurred in the Manikganj District, Bangladesh on April 26, 1989. It was the costliest and deadliest tornado in Bangladesh's history. There is great uncertainty about the death toll, but estimates indicate that it was devastating and that it killed approximately 1,300 people, which would make it the deadliest tornado in history. The tornado affected the cities of Daulatpur and Saturia the most, moving east through Daulatpur and eventually northeast and into Saturia. Previously, the area that the tornado hit had been in a state of drought for six months, possibly generating tornadic conditions.
Dhaka, the area hit by the tornado
|Formed||April 26, 1989 18:30 (local time)|
|Damage||1.5 million USD|
|Casualties||1,300 fatalities (estimated) 12,000 injuries|
|Areas affected||Manikganj, Dhaka, Bangladesh|
Event and aftermathEdit
The tornado struck around 6:30 pm (18:30) local time. For most of its path it was 1.5 km (1 mi) wide, reaching a maximum width of 2.4 km (1.5 mi). Its path was about 80 km (50 mi) long, through the poor areas and slums of Bangladesh.
It killed roughly 1,300 people and injured 12,000. Damage was extensive, as countless trees were uprooted and every home within a six square kilometer area of the tornado's path was completely destroyed. An article in the Bangladesh Observer stated, "The devastation was so complete, that barring some skeletons of trees, there were no signs of standing infrastructures". Approximately 80,000 people were left homeless. Saturia and Manikganj were both completely destroyed. It caused 1.5 million USD in damages. The tornado was part of a wider outbreak which saw another 5 deaths and 500 injuries in Narsingdi District.
Bangladesh is one of the countries with the highest frequency of tornadoes, behind the United States, Argentina, Brazil and Canada, with damage and loss of life often severe due to the country's high population density and low lying communities. Bangladesh has received other deadly tornadoes, but this particular storm was the worst in the country's history.
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