When nature decides to be furious then the results can surely be disastrous. They can cause huge loss of life and property. History is witness to many such deadly natural disasters which has cost lots of damage.
- 1931 China Floods
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In the year 1931,abnormal climatic conditions resulted in heavy snow storms and rains in China. The region was hit with a record nine cyclones. The months of July and August were the worst of all. The water levels increased in the rivers. There was a giganticdownpour. As per reports, the death toll was in the range of 3.7 to 4 million.
- 1887 Yellow river flood
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The geographic location of the yellow river is such that one can expect the river to get flooded easily. But in the year 1887, the flooding of the yellow river had a devastating effect and killed almost 900,000 people.
- 1976 Tangshan earthquake
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An earthquake which claimed the most lives in the 20th century occurred in 1976 near Tangshan in China. Though the death toll was reported to be between 240,000 to 255,000 unofficial sources claimed that the death toll was close to 650,000. Almost 164,000 were injured.
- 1970 Bhola Cyclone
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In the year 1970,Bhola cyclone hit the coast of West Bengal in India and Bangladesh. The cyclone resulted in flooding of the low lying areas of Ganges. Almost 500,000 human lives were lost due to this cyclone. This is probably one of the worst tropical cyclones on records.
- 1556 Shaanxi earthquake
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This horrible earthquake affected almost 9 counties. In some of the counties, almost 60% of the population was swabbed. In that era, many people lived in artificial caves. These caves collapsed and this killed many people. The total loss of human life was almost 830,000.
- 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and Tsunami
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On 26th December 2004 the Indian Ocean earthquake occurred with a magnitude of 9.1 to 9.3. The epicentre was in Sumatra in Indonesia. This earthquake was a trigger factor for Tsunami along the coast of several countries along the Indian Ocean. This earthquake and Tsunami affected almost 14 countries. This was one of the most horrible natural disasters. The death toll was 230,000. The worst hit was Indonesia. Sri Lanka, India and Thailand were also badly hit.
These are probably the worst natural disasters and in some cases, we may never know the exact number of precious lives lost. There is no human control on the natural disasters that occur and one has to take into stride nature’s fury.