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Tornado: Deadliest Single Tornado

Record Value Death toll of approximately 1,300 people
Date of Event 26/4/1989
Length of Record 1091 (first record of death by tornado) - present
Geospatial Location Manikganj district, Bangladesh [23°50'N, 90°5'E, elevation: 9 meters (30 ft)]

Reference

Grazulis, T.P., 1993: Significant Tornadoes, (St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films), pp. 1326

Discussion

The towns of Saturia and Manikgank Sadar were destroyed. This violent storm injured over 12,000 and left over 80,000 people homeless. The storm struck at around 1830 hours local time. The tornado created a path 16 kilometers (10 mi) long and 1.6 kilometers (1 mi) wide; it reportedly destroyed all structures in an area of 6 square kilometers (2.3 sq mi).

Manikganj district, Bangladesh [23°49'47'N, 90°5'24'E, elevation: 9 meters (30 ft)]

Closeup and Regional Satellite Images of Manikganj district, Bangladesh

Manikganj district, Bangladesh [23°49'47'N, 90°5'24'E, elevation: 9 meters (30 ft)]

Closeup and Regional Satellite Images of Manikganj district, Bangladesh