Tornadoes; the unique natural phenomena

By Myrsini Hamakioti (B class)

A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud. They are often referred to as twisters or cyclones.



The deadliest tornado


The most deadly tornado known to humankind is the April 26, 1989 Daulatpur-Salturia Tornado. Again, these areas are found in Bangladesh. The already drought-affected areas were smacked by another natural disaster. The estimated size of the tornado according to sources was 1 mile wide. In just a matter of minutes, the horrific twister claimed the lives of 1,300 people and left 12,000 others injured. The towns were completely destroyed and 80,000 were left homeless.


The drought that Bangladesh was experiencing for 6 months intensified the atmospheric conditions, which allowed a deadly massive tornado to form.



History shows that tornadoes are a natural phenomenon. Elsewhere in the world, countries are not spared from Mother Nature’s wrath. There are places in different countries that have seen and experienced the worst and deadliest in terms of twisters. Due to their regional topography, these areas are hotbeds for tornadoes. This is especially in the country of Bangladesh, which holds the most records of deadly tornadoes.


When Mother Nature strikes, she shows no mercy regardless how high-tech new equipment can be. While disaster preparedness is taught to many, natural disasters like tornadoes can wreck havoc on whatever comes along their path and fatalities often occur.