Top Ten Worst Natural Disasters

The Top Ten
1 Central China Floods

In 1931, a series of devastating floods occurred in the Republic of China. They were some of the deadliest floods in history, and together, it formed one of the most lethal natural disasters of the 20th century and about 4 million people died from the horrific event.

Flooding in the Yangtze and Huai Rivers caused the worst flood in human history. Up to 4,000,000 people died.

2 1918 Flu Pandemic

Due to the loss of life in world war 1, the 1918 flu had spread to 500 million people, killing between about 20-50 million of them.

3 Yellow River Flood

The 1887 Yellow River flood was a devastating flood on the Yellow River (China) in September 1887. It killed about 900,000 people.

The second deadliest flood ever. Killed up to 2,000,000 people.

4 The Great Bengal Famine

In 1770, Bangladesh which was controlled by the British East India Company, a horrible drought swept the area, killing about 10 million people.

5 Chinese Drought of 1876

In 1876, a three year drought swept through China, destroying the crops leading to between 9 to 13 million death from starvation.

6 Egypt/Syria Earthquake of 1202

A huge Earthquake hit Egypt and Syria, which lead to flood and famine which killed about 1.1 million people.

7 Shaanxi Earthquake

In 1556, one of the worst earthquakes in history had hit China, killing about 830,000 people.

This 1556 earthquake was the deadliest in history.

8 Afghanistan Blizzard
9 European Heat Wave

The deadliest heat wave in history, this 2003 heat wave hit Europe hard, France especially. This heat wave killed up to 70,000 people.

10 1970 Bhola Cyclone

The deadliest storm in recent history struck in East Pakistan, killing about 500,000 people.

Killed over 500,000 people and was a huge part in the Bangladesh Liberation War.

The Contenders
11 Hurricane Andrew
12 Haiti Earthquake

One of the deadliest earthquakes in history, this 2010 earthquake killed up to 316,000 people and caused devastating damage in Haiti, including severely damaging the Haitian National Palace.

13 North Korean Famine

A famine that spread for 4 years, killing over 500,000-3,000,000+ people.

14 Great Chinese Famine

The worst famine in the entire history of humanity. Primarily caused by Mao Zedong's Great Leap Forward campaign, which aimed to turn China from a farming society to an industrial society, this famine killed up to 45,000,000 people between 1958 and 1961. This famine also lead to the termination of the Great Leap Forward campaign.

Seriously, was Mao trying to cause a famine? How stupid did he have to be to make such a series of bad decisions.

Deadliest famine in history. Up to 58,000,000 deaths.

15 Iran Blizzard (1972)
16 Daulatpur-Saturia Tornado (1989)

Tornadoes are one of if not the most well-known type of natural disaster out there, and the Daulatpur-Saturia Tornado of 1989 was the deadliest of them all, causing around 1,300 deaths.

Bangladesh gets a lot of tornadoes, and this was the worst one in Bangladesh's history, wait no, I mean the worst tornado in world history.

Deadliest tornado in history. Approximately 1,300 deaths.

17 576 Earthquake of Antioch
18 Nevado Del Ruiz Volcano Eruption
19 New Zealand Earthquakes
20 Philippine Super Typhoon
21 Hurricane Katrina
22 Canada Ice Storm
23 Hurricane Mitch (1998)

The deadliest Atlantic hurricane since 1780. Over 11,000 people died, 7,000 in the Honduras alone.

24 Hurricane Irma
25 Hurricane Harvey
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