1948 Mumbai Great Cyclone – Two Old Newspaper Pages

Two old pages of The Illustrated London News December 1948 recounting the great Bombay Cyclone. Well illustrated with photos of the trail of destruction it left in Bombay or Mumbai. The devastation took place on 21st and 22nd November 1948. The images show two light aircrafts blown one over the other at Juhu Airport, roads and streets blocked with uprooted trees.

Huge stones hurled across the Gateway of India, heavy iron benches upturned in Marine Drive. Another image shows the spire of the St Anne’s Church at Mazagaon blown down. See also my post- Flood Scene In 19th Century Mumbai – Old Print 1868. Read more about Bombay’s tryst with cyclones this news perhaps is a reference to the same November 1948 great cyclone.

Today cyclones are rare in Mumbai but heavy rains with flooding seem to be more frequent each year. The highest rainfall recorded in Bombay was 1254mm in 1958. The two pages measure 14 x 10 in.

Did you know- in 2013, the journal Nature Climate Change listed Mumbai as the fifth coastal city in the world to be most affected by flooding in the future, measured by economic losses. The first four are Guangzhou, Miami, New York-Newark, and New Orleans.

From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s “Birth of Shakuntala” Oleograph 1894., Ooty or Ootacamund Lake – Old Print 1920s., Vintage Postcard Bangalore Cubbon Park.,  Elephants Of The Rajah Of Travancore – Old Print 1858

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.