Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India

Volume 14 Issue 2

The East Pakistan cyclone of November 1970.

P. K. Das

The East Pakistan Cyclone of November 1970 was a natural calamity of great magnitude. In this paper, we describe the movement and the synoptic features of the storm. This has been done with the help of satellite cloud pictures; because conventional data from the vicinity of the storm were largely absent on crucial days. The unusually long northerly track of the storm during the first four days (7th to 10th) and the subsequent recurvature and accelerated movement on the last day are discussed. The high winds and large waves associated with the storm caused structural damages at Para deep Port. A big storm surge swept across the off-shore islands, especially Bhola and Hatia in East Pakistan, which caused much loss of life in these areas. A few interesting aspects of the storm surge are discussed in this paper.


Date : 30-12-1972