Mankind has made huge progress for centuries, reaching moon and outer space, but he is still helpless when nature shows its fury in the form of natural disasters. India has witness a large number of natural disasters, which have taken toll of thousands of innocent lives.
Listed Below are the Top 10 most Destructive Natural Disasters to Have hit India:
The Great Bengal Famine, which hit the states of Bengal, Orissa and Bihar in 1770 is considered as one of the biggest natural disasters in India. The famine took a toll of nearly 1 Crore lives, due to hunger, thirst and disease.
The Plague Pandemic (1894)
Next on this list is the deadly Plague Pandemic of 1894, which claimed nearly 12 million lives in India and China. The outbreak started in port cities like Bombay and Kolkata and slowly spread in small towns and villages all over the country.
Latur Earthquake (1993)
The devastating Latur Earthquake, which hit this small district in Maharashtra on September 30, 1993 is another major natural disaster to have hit India. It measured 6.4 on the Richter scale and left over 20000 people dead and 30000 injured.
Odisha Cyclone (1999)
The deadly cyclone 05B which hit coastal Odisha in 1999 killed nearly 15000 people, besides causing tremendous loss of property. It is another major natural disaster to have hit the country.
Gujarat Earthquake (2001)
Featuring next on the list is the terrible earthquake of intensity 7.6, which rocked Gujarat on January 26, 2001. The 2 minute long earthquake killed 20000 innocent people and left 167000 people injured. There was also a huge loss of property, destroying more than 400000 homes.
Mumbai Floods (2005)
Next among the worst natural disasters are the Mumbai Floods of 2005, which took a toll of more than 5000 lives and devastated the city of Mumbai.
Indian Ocean Tsunami (2004)
The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 is a major world disaster, which claimed lives of 227898 lives. The tsunami came after a massive earthquake of magnitude 9.2 in the Indian Ocean. The disaster killed lakhs of people in South India, Sri Lanka and Andaman-Nicobar islands.
Bihar Floods (2007)
The destructive floods which hit the state of Bihar in 2007 were the worst recorded in the last 30 years. It led to deaths of thousands of people, along with huge loss of assets and livestock.
Uttarakhand Floods (2013)
One of the more natural disasters to have hit the country was the major flash floods in Ganga, which caused widespread destruction through landslides in Uttarakhand region. Thousands of pilgrims of Badrinath-Kedarnath were killed in the disaster, with lakhs of them trapped or missing.
Kashmir Floods (2014)
One of the most stunning natural disasters, which took the country by surprise, was the great flood which destroyed the beautiful city of Srinagar in September this year. It has rendered lakhs of people in the Kashmir Valley homeless and also completely devastated the tourism industry of the state.
All these natural disasters reinforce the fact that however powerful man becomes, nature is supreme force. Whenever man tries to disrupt the ecological balance, nature retaliates with such disasters.