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Worksheet: Worst natural disasters

The worst disasters worldwide

1. In 1887, China's Yellow River broke its banks in Huayan Kou, killing 900,000 people.

2. In 1556, an earthquake in China's Shaanxi, Shanxi and Henan provinces killed 830,000 people.

3. In 1970, a cyclone in Bangladesh killed 500,000 people.

4. In 1976, an earthquake in Tangshan, China killed 242,000 people.

5. In 2004, the Asian quake disaster has killed 150,000 people so far.

6. In 1923, an earthquake in Tokyo killed 140,000 people.

7. In 1815, the volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora on Indonesia's Sumbawa Island killed 90,000 people.

8. In 2003, an earthquake in Bam, Iran killed 30,000 people.

9. In 1896, a tsunami in Japan killed 27,000 people.

The worst disasters affecting the UK

1. In 1953, floods in the east coast killed 307 people.

2. In 2004, the Asian tsunami has killed 199 people.

3. In 1881, the Eyemouth Storm killed 189 people.

4. In 1966, a landslide in Aberfan killed 144 people.

5. In 1990, the Burns Day Storm killed 97 people.

6. In 1952, flooding in Lynmouth killed 34 people.

7. In 1987, the Great Storm killed 23 people.

8. In 2001, the September 11 attacks killed 67 people.


Source: BBC News web site / www.en.wikipedia.org




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