Top Ten Deadliest Floods
By Paul Homewood
More from the Emergency Events Database, run by WHO Collaborating Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED).
The top ten deadliest floods are shown below.
As we noted with the list of droughts, most events were in the first half of the 20thC.
One interesting omission, though, are the Red River floods that killed an estimated 100,000 in North Vietnam in 1971, and were described as “one of the century’s most serious weather events”. It was, of course, at the height of the Vietnam War, which may explain why so few details are available.