History of the Most Devastating Natural Disasters in India

Humans have progressed a lot in terms of technological advancement, but we still can’t surpass the supremacy of nature. Humans have witnessed the power of nature from time to time; it never failed to show us that how mighty it is; nature is invincible and inevitable. We all need to understand that nature is our saviour, and we need to protect it; otherwise, we are not too far to see doom. However, these days, the major cause of most natural disasters is Global warming. Humans have developed weather forecast technics, but we are still unable to face these natural calamities that come in the form of tsunamis, floods, famines, earthquakes, and cyclones. Here are some most devastating natural disasters that India witnessed.

Uttarakhand Flash Flood

[caption id="attachment_11777" align="alignnone" width="300"] Image credits: indiaclimatedialogue.net[/caption] Uttarakhand faced a major catastrophic natural disaster in 2013 in which 5,700 people were dead and 1,00,000 pilgrims trapped in the valleys. Deadly cloudbursts cause flash floods in the Ganga River, and due to sudden heavy rains, dangerous landslides took place. It is considered the most disastrous flood in India’s history.

The Indian Ocean Tsunami

[caption id="attachment_11779" align="alignnone" width="300"] Image credits: worldvision.org[/caption] India and its neighbouring countries witnessed a huge tsunami occurred in the Indian Ocean in the year 2004. It caused an immense loss of life as well as property. The tsunami was caused due to earthquake in the Indian Ocean that lasted almost 10 minutes, and its magnitude was between 9.1 and 9.3. It is considered the third-largest earthquake in the world, and its impact was equivalent to 23,000 Hiroshima-type atomic bomb. More than two lakh people lost their lives in this disaster.

Gujarat Earthquake 2001

[caption id="attachment_11781" align="alignnone" width="300"] Image credits: thecsrjournal.in[/caption] Gujarat witnessed a massive earthquake on 26 January 2001, the day when we were celebrating our 51st Republic Day. The range of the earthquake was between 7.6 and 7.6, and it lasted for almost 2 minutes. The catastrophe caused over 20,000 deaths and injured 1,67,000 people.

2005 Maharashtra Flood

[caption id="attachment_11782" align="alignnone" width="300"] Image credits: business-standard.com[/caption] Two earthquake events occurred in 2005; the first was in Gujarat and the second in Maharashtra. Both were quite drastic. Maharashtra flood caused over 1000 death.

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