Information For Journalists, Teachers, Students And The Curious On The Worst Disasters of All Time
The Ten Worst Hurricanes Worldwide
The Deadliest Worldwide Hurricanes

It is interesting to note that most of the deadliest hurricanes have occured in southeastern Asia and India, where flooding from tropical cyclones have wreaked havoc on low-lying, highly populated areas.

1.

November 13, 1970
East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)


The deadliest hurricane on record struck East Pakistan, flooding the low lying areas. At least 500,000 deaths are blamed on the storm, with some estimates rising as high as 1 million. The storm also had historical consequences: the apparent indifference of Muslim West Pakistan to the plight of the East Pakistanis has been blamed in part for the eventual separation of East Pakistan, which now is Bangladesh.

2.
October 7, 1737
Bengal, India


This hurricane killed at least 300,000.


3.
1881
Haiphong, Vietnam


The Haiphong Hurricane killed approximately 300,000


4.
1876
Bengal, India


200,000 casualties.


5.
June 6, 1882
Bombay, India


At least 100,000

6.
October 5, 1864
Calcutta, India


50,000 to 70,000

7.
June, 1965
East Pakistan


35,000 to 40,000

8.
October 16, 1942
Bengal, India


35,000

9.
May 28 - 29, 1963
East Pakistan


22,000

10.
October 10 - 12, 1780
The Caribbean


This is another hurricane with historical consequences. The worst hurricane in Atlantic history, it killed more than  20,000 when it slammed into Martinique and the Barbados. It also severely damaged a British fleet in the area, shifting the balance of power to the French. This ultimately led to the defeat of the British fleet in the Battle of the Chesapeake and Washington's victory at Yorktown.