Dacca, India Tornado, May 1902
GREAT TORNADO STRIKES INDIA
Four Hundred and Sixteen Persons Killed in Bengal
Dacca and Adjoining Towns Devastated People Carried Into the Air Like Paper
CALCUTTA, May 1 — A tornado has devastated the city of Dacca and adjoining towns. Four hundred and sixteen persons were killed. Crops were ruined throughout the district.
SIMLA, May 1 — The tornado first struck Posgola on the afternoon of April 23 and there wrecked the Dacca jute works. From Posgola it moved to Sanachar, where the India General Company's warehouses were destroyed by a great wave which was whirled out of the river by the wind.
Everywhere in the path of the tornado huts, trees, the roofs of houses and people were carried up into the air like paper. Thirty-one persons were killed at Sanachar, 110 were killed near Dacca, 175 were
killed at Nagalband, while 100 were killed at Barnighat.
Dacca, the largest city affected by the tornado, is in Bengal, and has a famous place in the history of British India. It is situated 264 miles northeast of Calcutta, on the Borigunda, a tributary of the Ganges. The population of the city is 83,000 and the population of the district is 1,852,903. The industries of the district are the cultivation of jute and a little cotton and a considerable trade in hides.
In the seventeenth century, Dacca was the capital of Bengal. In 1800 it had a population of 200,000, and was noted for its product of fine muslins, which were known as "woven wind." Imports of Manchester cottons ruined this industry, and the population rapidly dwindled to its present size.
May 2, 1902 edition of The New York Times