14 Terrible Things That Have Happened on Friday the 13th

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The Bhola cyclone hit Bangladesh.

The storm officially ended on November 13, 1970 but the effects are still being felt to this day. The Bhola cyclone is still the deadliest storm in the Bay of Bengal – the death toll is estimated to be from 150,000 to 550,000, according to NBC News. A specific district in Bangladesh lost over 45% of its population, Hurricane Science reports.

In addition to being deadly and extremely costly, the cyclone is credited with jump-starting a civil war. At the time of the storm, the area was called East Pakistan. The Pakistani mismanagement of the relief efforts is considered to be a huge event in the fight for Bangladeshi independence.

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