Cyclone damage on Zanzibar, 1872

Cyclone damage on Zanzibar, 1872

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Caption: Cyclone damage. Historical artwork of the damage caused in Zanzibar harbour by the cyclone of 15 April 1872. Zanzibar is an island in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of present-day Tanzania. All the ships in the harbour, with the exception of a steamer that escaped to sea, were sunk or wrecked on the shore with great loss of life. The navy of the Sultan of Zanzibar was also wrecked, affecting his hold over the Arab seaports on the coast. The clove and coconut plantations inland were damaged, with great economic loss. Cyclones are the Indian Ocean equivalent of the hurricanes of the Atlantic Ocean. Both are cyclonic tropical storms with high winds and waves that can wreak destruction.

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