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What are some of the worst floods in history caused by inclement weather?

Not all lethal floods in recorded history have been caused by bad weather. For example, seawall failures in the Netherlands have, on several occasions, caused tragic floods that killed thousands. The table below, though, lists some of the worst weather-related floods in history.

Worst Weather-related Floods and Death Tolls

Location Death Toll Year
Yellow River, China 1 to 3.7 million 1931
Yellow River, China    1 to 2 million 1887
Yangtze River, China            145,000 1931
England and the Netherlands            100,000 1099
Caracas, Venezuela              10,000 1999


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