|Mudslide in Zhouqu county,|
northwest Gansu province, Aug. 9, 2010
Photo possibly from MSNBC
It has been estimated by the Disaster Emergency Management in China that natural disasters affect 200 million people every year, and that they are one restricting factor on social and economic development (reference here). These are typically floods and associated landslides, earthquakes and famines. The deadliest flood, and possibly deadliest natural disaster, of all times were the 1931 floods in China, with estimated deaths ranging from 2,000,000 to 4,000,000. The 1976 Tangshan earthquake killed between 242,419-779,000 people (I love the number of significant figures in that statistic!).