7 Deadliest Cyclones that Hit India in Last One Decade


Cyclone Biparjoy

According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclone has now moved from sea to land and is centred towards Sauarashtra-Kutch, adding that heavy rains are expected in Rajasthan on Friday.

Cyclone Tauktae (2021)

In 2021, Gujarat was faced with Cyclone Tauktae, the deadliest cyclone to hit the Arabian Sea in a decade. It made landfall in Gujarat with wind speed of around 125 mph, destroying houses, trees, and electricity poles. Reports said that the tempestuous winds and rain killed approximately 70 people and more than 8,000 cattle, and damaged as many as 88,000 homes. 2,80,000 people were evacuated from the coastal areas.  

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Amphan was the costliest tropical cyclone on record in the North Indian Ocean, with reported economic losses in India of approximately USD 14 billion and 129 casualties across India and Bangladesh.

Cyclone Amphan (2020)

Cyclone Amphan (2020)

Cyclone Fani (2019)

Cyclone Fani made landfall in Puri, Odisha in 2019 with a wind speed of 120 mph, rising up to 200 mph. The storm killed nearly 100 people, and would have killed many more if the authorities hadn’t managed to evacuate around 1.2 million civilians before the cyclone struck.

Vardah made landfall near Chennai on December 12, 2016. It was categorised as a very severe cyclonic storm. Vardah claimed 18 lives in Tamil Nadu and caused extensive damage to infrastructure, uprooted trees, and disrupted power supply in Chennai and neighbouring areas

Cyclone Vardah (2016)

Cyclone Hudhud (2014)

It struck the coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha on October 12, 2014. The cyclone claimed around 124 lives and caused significant damage to infrastructure, including buildings, roads, and the power grid.

Cyclone Phailin (2013)

Cyclone Phailin (2013)

On October 12, 2013, Phailin hit the coast of Odisha near Gopalpur in Ganjam district with a wind speed of around 200 km per hour, affecting about 13.2 million people in 171 blocks in 18 districts of the state, and resulting in 44 human casualties.

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