The 10 Worst Natural Disasters

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MADISON, Wis. — Poverty is often perpetuated at the hands of mankind, but the one area that humans have little control over is mother nature. The time it takes fohttp://borgenproject.org/natural-disasters-increasing one earthquake to hit or one hurricane to strike is the time it takes to send a family into poverty. The U.N. and other international organizations are constantly prepared to combat the aftermath of natural disasters, but their alleviation efforts can only do so much: they cannot replace the lives lost or the sense of safety the victims once had.

Here is a list of the world’s 10 worst natural disasters since 1900:

10. Flooding in Vietnam, 1971

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The Red River in North Vietnam flooded, killing an estimated 100,000 people.
Photo: Telegraph

9. Turkmenistan Earthquake, 1948

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110,000 people died in this deadly earthquake that destroyed concrete buildings and derailed trains.
Photo: Google Content

8. Bangladesh Cyclone 02B, 1991

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This tropical cyclone killed 138,000 people and caused $1.5 billion in damages.
Photo: Friendship

7. Kwanto Earthquake (Japan), 1923

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Extreme destruction occurred in Tokyo causing 142,800 deaths.
Photo: Blog Spot

6. Haiyuan Earthquake (China), 1920

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This 1920s earthquake caused extreme landslides and ground cracks, killing 200,000 people.
Photo: Pentagist

5. Indian Ocean Tsunami/Earthquake, 2004

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The most recent disaster, this tsunami claimed 227, 898 lives and is the worst tsunami in history.
Photo: Norisximena

4. Super Typhoon Nina, 1975
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This typhoon killed 229,000 people in China in 1975.
Photo: Wunderground

3. Tangshan Earthquake, 1976

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A year after Super Typhoon Nina, the Tangshan Earthquake hit, causing 255,000 deaths.
Photo: Travel Smart

2. Pakistan Cyclone, 1970

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A 115 mph hurricane with a 20-foot storm surge killed 300,000 people in Pakistan in 1970.
Photo: Central Asia Online

1. Chinese Floods, 1931

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The worst natural disaster of all time is the Chinese floods in 1931 which killed an estimated 3.7 million people due to disease, starvation and drowning.
Photo: Sick Chirpse

Sources: Chron
Featured Photo: Easy Travel Insurance

 

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