Its amazing that other than #10 (which happened way back in 1138 in Syria!) and the 2004 tsunami which was across a huge area, which included the Indian sub-continent to a significant extent, all other disasters on the list are from the Indian sub-continent or China. Especially amazing that 6 of the 10 occurred in China. Comments about 'respect for the value of a life' come to mind but I will stop here.

History's 10 deadliest natural disasters... via the Futility Closet

1. Yellow River flood, China, summer 1931: 1 million to 2 million dead
2. Yellow River flood, China, September-October 1887: 900,000 to 2 million dead
3. Bhola cyclone, East Pakistan, Nov. 13, 1970: 500,000 to 1 million dead
4. Shaanxi earthquake, China, Jan. 23, 1556: 830,000 dead
5. Cyclone, Coringa, India, Nov. 25, 1839: 300,000 dead
6. Kaifeng flood, China, 1642: 300,000 dead
7. Indian Ocean earthquake/tsunami, Dec. 26, 2004: 283,100 dead
8. Tangshan earthquake, China, July 28, 1976: 242,000 dead
9. Banqiao Dam failure, China, August 1975: 231,000 dead
10. Aleppo earthquake, Syria, 1138: 230,000 dead

See also Death Tolls.

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