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18 Worst Natural Disasters That Killed More Than Two Million People

Ever wonder which natural disasters killed more than two million people. Here is a list of such worst natural disasters.

  1. During 1918- 1919 influenza pandemic occurred throughout the world; in this disaster nearly 100 million people died
  2. During 1347 – 1350 in Bubonic plague occurred in Europe and beyond; 25 million people died in this disaster
  3. During 1600 to 1800 unknown millions of people are died because of European sickness in Western hemisphere
  4. In Africa, between 1981- 1984 a dreadful drought occurred. And unknown millions of people died in that drought.
  5. During 1958 – 1961 nearly 20 million people died because of famine in China
  6. In India 10 million people died due to famine in 1769
  7. 9 million people died due to floods in China in 1887
  8. A dreadful drought killed 9 million people during 1876- 1879 in China
  9. The two earthquakes that occurred in China in 1556 and 1976 swallowed 8 million and 6 million people respectively
  10. In 1920, more than 5 million people died in China due to drought
  11. More than 5 million people died due to smallpox in 1870 in Germany, France and America
  12. In 1957, Asian Flu killed 4 million people throughout the world
  13. In 1737, 3 million people died due to typhoon in India
  14. In 1642, 3 million people died due to floods in China
  15. In 1970, Bangladesh lost 5 million people from cyclone induced flooding
  16. In 1931, more than 3 million people died due to flooding and starvation in China
  17. During 1995-1998 famine and floods caused death to more than 3 million people in North Korea
  18. In 1959, massive floods killed 2 million people in China
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  1. IcyCucky

    On April 22, 2008 at 6:02 am

    That was incredible!

  2. nobert soloria bermosa

    On April 22, 2008 at 10:46 am

    millions of lives were lost, well. that’s part of life,calamities occur from time to time

  3. Moses Ingram

    On April 22, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Interesting article.

  4. Alexa Gates

    On April 22, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    very interesting…

  5. louie jerome

    On April 24, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Interesting article

  6. Dee Huff

    On April 25, 2008 at 11:55 am

    It’s really hard to take it all in when numbers run into the millions. It’s just quite alarming.

  7. valli

    On April 25, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Thank you everybody for reading and commenting.

  8. The forgiver

    On May 2, 2008 at 2:17 am

    Keep up the good work……..

  9. JohnH

    On May 14, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    8 of the 18 listed disasters occurred after 1900. Every one occurred in an area dominated by a repressive, authoritarian government. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. Could this be another benefit of promoting democratic governments around the world?

  10. erin

    On June 15, 2008 at 12:21 am

    8 of those 18 were in china. thats insane!

  11. ben

    On June 16, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    We haven’t seen the worst of such events. It’s just a matter of time before something happens that puts the continuation of modern civilization, and the survival of our species truly to the test. China is on the list so many times, not because disasters of the same nature don’t commonly occur in other places, but because it’s population density is so high, and the terrian of China so hard to navigate, and the people usually so poor–that a lot of them just get caught unprepared if anything at all goes bad.

    The United States with it’s increasing population could suffer a simalarly traumatic disaster (on the level with the lists above) if the conditions were right–but natioanlly high building code standards, combined with the wealth, and mobility of the average american family usually results in a low loss of life no matter how much property is losts. But, in many other countries… the circumstances are very different, and if people’s homes get swept away or collapse, the people living there usually share the same fate.

    So, yeah, it seems a reasonably afluent and free citizenary with mass mobility enjoying the benifits of a strong central government (which provides funding for things like interstates and weather satalites, and geological surveys, and public emergancy response organizations) is a good thing to have on your side when the earth shakes, or the waters rise, hurricanes or tornado’s hit, terrorists attack, or rocks fall from the sky. I mean, if we didn’t have all the things we already have, set up in our nation, events like Katrina would be monumentally worse than they ended up being. (It is our poor that have suffered most in that storm.) And in other countries where the majority of people are desperataly poor, and the perfect disaster takes shape around them, they usually don’t have the option of getting out its way.

  12. jack ritburger

    On November 12, 2008 at 4:30 pm


  13. john

    On March 8, 2010 at 8:22 am

    very Interesting article

  14. john

    On September 10, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    omgee i almost cryed reading all these :)

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