- In late April 1991 a tropical cyclone hit the east coast of Bangladesh. The worst hit areas was Moheshkhali and the delta of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers. 140,000 people died.
- Bangladesh lies to the north of the Bay of Bengal where cyclones are funnelled
Effects on human activity/ environment
- Food shortages - crops and food supplies were washed away and 48,000 cattle died.
- Clean water supplies were contaminated and diseases such as dysentery and cholera followed.
- Fishing boats were damaged, badly affecting another source of food and employment.
The cyclone hit the island at high tide. It was 11pm, when it was dark, making the effects worse. The third red flag raised, a sign to go to the special cyclone shelters, which was ignored by m,any people. In total the economic damage was estimated at £60 million.