Irrespective of the progress that we made, humans are of no match with the supremacy of Mother Nature. Every now and then humans keep on obstructing in the natural phenomenon which leads to harmful consequences.
Whether we talk about this year's aggressive rainfall on Kerala or 2001's Gujarat earthquakes; man has always been found guilty for hampering Nature due to which hundreds of lives lost every year. From deforestation to dumping waste in the rivers, every step taken against Mother Nature comes with devastating consequences.
Well, it won't be wrong to say that Global Warming is also a major reason behind the aggressive rainfall and flood in the state of Kerala. Here are top 7 deadliest natural disasters which completely shook India:
Kerala Floods (2018)
The whole state of Kerala is neck-deep in water as this year's rainfall brought 2,086 mm of rain. The cost to the state and its people stands at a staggering Rs 19,512 crore. With 7,24,649, people living in 5,645 camps and extensive damage to infrastructure that includes 10,000km of broken road, Kerala now faces the mammoth task of rehabilitation, preventing disease and rebuilding the state.
Kashmir Floods (2014)
Caused by continuous torrential rainfall, the Kashmir region in September 2014 suffered from massive floods, leading to the death of around 500 people. Hundreds of people were trapped in their homes for days, without food and water. According to reports, around 2600 villages were affected in Jammu and Kashmir.
Uttrakhand Floods (2013)
In the year 2013, Uttarakhand suffered from a major catastrophic natural disaster in the form of huge and deadly cloudbursts, causing flash floods in River Ganga. Sudden, heavy rains caused dangerous landslides in Uttrakhand, which killed thousands of people and thousands were reported missing. The death toll was estimated to be 5,700.
Indian Ocean Tsunami (2004)
Following a major earthquake in 2004, there was a huge tsunami in the Indian Ocean, causing immense loss of life and property in India and the neighbouring countries – Sri Lanka and Indonesia. The earthquake had its epicentre in the ocean bed which led to this destructive tsunami. The magnitude was measured between 9.1 and 9.3 and it lasted for almost 10 minutes.
Gujarat Earthquake (2001)
Gujarat was affected by a massive earthquake on the morning of 26 January, 2001, the day on which India was celebrating its 51st Republic Day. The earthquake’s intensity was in the range of 7.6 to 7.9 on the Richter scale and lasted for 2 minutes. The impact was so great that almost 20,000 people lost their lives.
Odisha Super Cyclone (1999)
This is one of the deadliest storms that affected the state of Odisha in 1999. Also known as the Paradip cyclone or super cyclone 05B, this cyclone caused deaths of more than 10,000 people in the state. More than 275,000 houses were destroyed. Around 1.67 million people were left homeless.
Latur Earthquake (1993)
This was one of the deadliest earthquakes, which hit Latur in Maharashtra. The year was 1993. Almost 20,000 people died and around 30,000 were injured. The earthquake’s intensity was measured 6.4 on the Richter scale. There was huge loss to property. Thousands of buildings were turned into rubble and more than 50 villages were destroyed.
And yet, mankind has not stopped interfering in the natural way of living. Stay tuned for more quirky facts.