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Cyclones in Myanmar

Cyclones only occur occasionally in Myanmar. On average, they happen about 4 times a year.

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.

Myanmar 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 Myanmar since 2018

Sitrang: October 23-24, 2022

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 241 km
Air pressure:
below 994 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On October 24th, 2022 at 6:30 pm it had the shortest distance at about 297 km east of Sittwe in Rakhine.

Jawad: December 3-6, 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 6th, 2021 at 6:30 am it had the shortest distance at about 534 km northeast of Sittwe in Rakhine.

Gulab:shaheen Gu: September 24 to October 4, 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 12:30 pm it had the shortest distance at about 186 km southeast of Sittwe in Rakhine.

Yaas: May 24-27, 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 25th, 2021 at 3:30 pm it had the shortest distance at about 474 km east of Sittwe in Rakhine.

Krovanh: December 17-25, 2020

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 667 km
Air pressure:
below 1000 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On December 25th, 2020 at 6:30 pm it had the shortest distance at about 216 km southeast of Myeik in Tanintharyi.

Noul: September 14-18, 2020

Wind speed:
max. 87 km/h
Diameter:
max. 667 km
Air pressure:
below 991 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On September 18th, 2020 at 9:30 pm it had the shortest distance at about 568 km northwest of Dawei in Tanintharyi.

Amphan: May 15-21, 2020

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 241 km/h
Diameter:
max. 222 km
Air pressure:
below 920 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On May 21st, 2020 at 6:30 am it had the shortest distance at about 453 km northeast of Falam in Chin.

Bulbul:matmo: October 28 to November 11, 2019

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
Diameter:
max. 704 km
Air pressure:
below 976 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On November 2nd, 2019 at 6:30 pm it had the shortest distance at about 54 km south of Dawei in Tanintharyi.

Podul: August 24-31, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 74 km/h
Diameter:
max. 667 km
Air pressure:
below 992 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On August 30th, 2019 at 12:30 pm it had the shortest distance at about 712 km northwest of Myeik in Tanintharyi.

Fani: April 25 to May 4, 2019

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 213 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Air pressure:
below 932 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On May 4th, 2019 at 6:30 pm it had the shortest distance at about 395 km northeast of Falam in Chin.


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