Some worst floods India has experienced over the years

The intense rainfall that falls in northeast India is leaving a death toll that could increase in the coming days.  Deadly floods are common in some parts of India, particularly during the monsoon season that runs from July to September each year.

A natural disaster is a natural event that causes extensive property damage or loss of human life. Natural disasters have had their sad history in India and elsewhere in the world.

Here are some of the deadliest floods to hit India

Gujarat 1979 – Machhu Dam II

The Machhu II dam failed on August 11, 1979, releasing the full force of the Macchu River on the city of Morbi. The disaster in western India caused at least 1,335 deaths.

Bihar 1987

The most devastating flood in Bihar’s recent history came in 1987 when a landslide blocked the Bhote Kosi River, flooding and destroying more than 1.7 million homes. The state government says the floods killed 1,399 people and killed 5,302 animals.

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Gujarat 2005

In 2005, more than 131 people died due to heavy rains in the western state of Gujarat. More than 175,000 people were also displaced by the rains.

Mumbai 2005

According to the National Disaster Management Authority, an estimated 1,094 people were killed in the floods.

Uttarakhand 2013

The worst weather-related floods in India’s recent history occurred in June 2013, with an estimated 5000 people killed and nearly one million affected by the disaster in Uttarakhand and neighbouring Himachal Pradesh.

List of Recent floods

Uttarakhand floods, 2021: Lives lost: 200

Maharashtra floods, 2021: Lives lost: 251

Kerala floods, 2018: Lives lost: 445

Gujarat floods, 2017: Lives lost: 220

Assam floods, 2017: Lives lost: 150

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Tamil Nadu floods, 2015: Lives lost: 470

Jammu and Kashmir floods, 2014: Lives lost: 270

Brahmaputra floods, 2012: Lives lost: 120

Himalayan Floods 2012: Lives lost: 31

North-East states Floods 2019: Lives lost 50 

Bihar floods, 2007: Lives lost: 1,287

Surat floods, 2006: Lives lost: 200 

Mumbai floods, 2005: Lives lost: 1,094

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