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An Imperial Disaster: The Bengal Cyclone of 1876

Benjamin Kingsbury


The storm came on the night of 31 October. It was a full moon, and the tides were at their peak; the great rivers of eastern Bengal were flowing high and fast to the sea. In the early hours the inhabitants of the coast and islands were overtaken by an immense wave from the Bay of Bengal — a wall of water that reached a height of 40 feet in some places. The wave swept away everything in its path, drowning around 215,000 people. At least another 100,000 died in the cholera epidemic and famine that followed. It was the worst calamity of its kind in recorded history. Such events are often describe ... More

Keywords: Bangladesh, Bengal, British empire, Cholera epidemic, Climate change, Cyclone, Disaster, Famine, India

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190876098
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190876098.001.0001


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