Remembering the 1970 Bhola Cyclone, the World's Deadliest Weather Event

A cyclone that hit Bangladesh –– then, East Pakistan –- on November 12, 1970, is the deadliest cyclone of the past 150 years, the World Meteorological Organization announced. The WMO has announced its "world records" for the deadliest weather events that have occurred since the organization's inception in 1873.

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Harry Koundakjian/AP
This is an aerial view of devastation in the aftermath of the cyclone that hit the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, Nov. 1970. According to the World Meteorological Organization, the cyclone, which killed more than 300,000 people, is the deadliest cyclone recorded by the organization since its inception in 1873.
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Harry Koundakjian/AP
Survivors line up for food in one of worst hit area of the cyclone in the Bay of Bengal in 1970.
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A Pakistani grabs a bag of rice held by U.S. ambassador Joseph S. Farland at Char Chubdia, Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, Nov. 23, 1970. Survivors of the cyclone disaster rushed the envoy's helicopter, seeking food and forcing Farland to take refuge inside the aircraft.
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Dennis Lee Royle/AP
Relief workers form a human chain to help unload thousands of pounds of supplies from the cargo holds of a jumbo jet on its arrival at Dhaka, Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, Dec. 4, 1970. The Boeing 747 also ferried in 200 relief workers from Karachi, to help in the area which was hit by a typhoon and tidal wave.
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Rafiqul Islam, right, Nur Hussain Farati, center, and Farati?s sole surviving son, Abdul Kalam, left, pose in Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, Dec. 3, 1970. The skin on Rafiqul?s arms was rubbed raw as he clung to a tree during the storm which swept his two sons and an infant daughter to their deaths. The storm cost Nur Hussain seven members of his family, including his father and mother.
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Harry Koundakjian/AP
Survivors carry relief supplies following the cyclone in the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh, then, East Pakistan, in Nov. 1970.
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Two small boats are shown on the ground next to a rooftop that was blown away in the Bhola cyclone and tidal wave in East Pakistan, Nov. 18, 1970. (AP Photo/Harry Koundakjian)
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Pavel Rahman/AP
A fifteen minute tornado battered 20 villages in the Manikganj district outside Dhaka, Bangladesh on April 26, 1989. According to the WMO, the 1989 weather event, which killed an estimated 1,300 people, was the deadliest tornado since the organization's founding in 1873.
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A survivor in Dhaka, Bangladesh on May 2, 1989, ponders over her future amid ruins left by a tornado that struck in central Bangladesh on April 26 of that year. According to the WMO, the 1989 weather event, which killed an estimated 1,300 people, was the deadliest tornado since the organization's founding in 1873.
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Pavel Rahman/AP
Survivors of an April 26, 1989, tornado wait for food in Dhaka, Bangladesh on May 2, 1989, in the Saturia village of the Manikganj region, which bore the brunt of the devastation. The tornado left 12,000 injured and 130,000 homeless.
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