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How many deaths did cyclone Mahina cause?


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October 23, 2010 12:16AM

Cyclone Mahina killed over 400 people.

When the cyclone hit on 4 March 1899, it hit a pearling fleet of around 100 vessels anchored at Bathurst Bay, pushing the boats onto the shore or into the sharp rocky reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. This killed 307 people; only 4 sailors survived.

The final death toll of between 400 and 410 included at least 100 indigenous Australians, some of whom died when they were caught by the back surge and swept into the sea while trying to help shipwrecked men.