The deadliest natural disasters in history
The worst natural disaster in history was the flood of floods that occurred between July and August 1931 in central China. At the time, the Yangtze River overflowed and caused a series of floods. As a result, an estimated 3.7 million people died of illness, drowning, and starvation. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, more than 51 million people, a quarter of China's population at the time, were directly or indirectly affected by the floods.