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29 Which tropical cyclones have caused the most deaths and most damage?




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This article is from the Storms FAQ, by Chris Landsea landsea@aoml.noaa.gov with numerous contributions by others.

29 Which tropical cyclones have caused the most deaths and most damage?

"The death toll in the infamous Bangladesh Cyclone of 1970 has had
several estimates, some wildly speculative, but it seems certain that at
least 300,000 people died from the associated storm tide [surge] in the
low-lying deltas." (Holland 1993)

The largest damage caused by a tropical cyclone as estimated by
monetary amounts has been Hurricane Andrew (1992) as it struck the Bahamas,
Florida and Louisiana, USA: US $30 *Billion* (R. Sheets - personal
communication 1996). Most of this figure was due to destruction in
southeast Florida.

 

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