Top 10 Major Natural Disasters of the World

Man may have progressed a lot but nature is and always be all powerful, because man cannot harness it even with the greatest scientific progress. There have been a number of natural disasters around the world, which have caused immense damage to life and property.

Here is a list of top 10 major natural disasters of the world:

10. Kaifeng Flood

Kaifeng Flood

One f the biggest disasters the world has seen came in the form of a destructive flood in the Yellow River of China, which literally ruined the city of Kaifeng in the Henan province if China in 1642. The city was flooded by the army and it took a toll of as many as 600000 lives.

9. Tangshan Earthquake

Tangshan Earthquake

Another catastrophic natural calamity which struck China was a dangerous earthquake which hit Tangshan in Hebei, China. The population of the place exceeded one million and 242000 of them were killed by this massive earthquake.

8. Bhola Cyclone

Bhola Cyclone

The next name on the list of top 10 major natural disasters in the world is that of the famous tropical cyclone called Bhola Cyclone, which hit West Bengal and Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, in November 2012. It was one of the deadliest cyclones in the world history, with a death toll reaching between 500000 and 1000000.

7. Banqiao Dam Failure

Banqiao Dam Failure

The Banqiao Dam was one of the strongest dams but it was destroyed by extremely heavy rainfall in 1975. The rain caused such immense pressure on the dam gates that they burst open and caused extensive damage to property besides killing 231000 people.

6. Shaanxi Earthquake

Shaanxi Earthquake

One of the worst natural disasters recorded in the history of the world is the Shaanxi earthquake which hit China on January 23, 1556. The quake rocked more than 97 countries and resulted in a death toll of 830000.

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