1888 Hailstorm in UP’s Moradabad named among world’s all-time deadly storms

Hailstorm in UP’s Moradabad
1888 Hailstorm in UP’s Moradabad named among world's all-time deadly storms

The UN weather agency has named the hailstorm in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad in the year 1888 as one of the all-time deadly weather events. The incident took place 129 years back in the year 1888 and killed 246 people.

The comprehensive investigation by a World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) expert committee acknowledged mortality records for five specific weather-related events.

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The committee found that the maximum mortality rate associated with extreme weather was during a 1970 tropical cyclone what was at the time East Pakistan, which killed around 300,000 people.

Among the other record-breaking weather events included a 1989 tornado in Bangladesh that killed an estimated 1,300 people, destroying the Manikganj district; a 1994 lightning-caused oil tank fire in Dronka, Egypt, which took 469 lives, while 21 people were killed by a single lightning bolt to a hut in the Manica Tribal Trust Lands in what was then Rhodesia.

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