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Cyclones in Bangladesh

Cyclones only occur occasionally in Bangladesh. On average, they happen about 2 times a year. The hardest hit regions are Khulna, Rajshahi and Dhaka.

The typical cyclone season depends on the summer monsoon. In the months before (May to June) and after (October to November), the most severe storms occur.

Bangladesh has certainly been affected by the foothills of several cyclones, but during the past 12 months no cyclone reached the inhabited areas on land.

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Most violent cyclones in Bangladesh since 2018

Jawad: 3rd to 6th December 2021

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 130 km
Air pressure:
below 997 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On December 06th, 2021 at 6:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 112 km southeast of Satkhira in Khulna.

Gulab:shaheen Gu: 24th September to 4th October 2021

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 130 km/h
Diameter:
max. 296 km
Air pressure:
below 974 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On September 24th, 2021 at 12:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 247 km south of Teknaf in Chittagong.

Yaas: 24th to 27th May 2021

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 119 km/h
Diameter:
max. 259 km
Air pressure:
below 974 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On May 26th, 2021 at 9:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 242 km southeast of Satkhira in Khulna.

Amphan: 15th to 21st May 2020

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 241 km/h
on land:
max. 120 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Eye:
max. 37 km
Air pressure:
below 920 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
Affected regions
Khulna
Rajshahi
Dhaka
Rangpur Division

Bulbul:matmo: 28th October to 11th November 2019

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
on land:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 704 km
Air pressure:
below 976 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
Affected regions
Khulna
Barisal
Chittagong

Fani: 25th April to 4th May 2019

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 213 km/h
on land:
max. 56 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Eye:
max. 56 km
Air pressure:
below 932 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
Affected regions
Khulna
Rajshahi
Dhaka


These evaluations are based on data from the National Centers for Environmental Information of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Individual data have been summarized or translated.
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