Pakistan, 1963. When a large area of East Pakistan was struck by an unusually devastating cyclone followed by a tidal-wave in May 1963, people and cattle were killed by the thousands. almost all the houses were destroyed or badly damaged and the rice harvest was greatly reduced. The UN/FAO World Food Programme, along with several national and non-governmental agencies, helped immediately the Unfortunate Pakistanis.
The largest part of the stricken area between Dacca and Chittagong is permanently flooded. Many people live in boats which they use to transport rice or jute, East Pakistan's main crops.