The recent floods and landslides in Uttarakhand have been a rude reminder for India of its historical disasters. These disasters have had proved to be overwhelmingly intimidating for the country, and also pointed at its incompetence to tackle such catastrophes on a massive scale. India has been at the receiving end of the nature's fury and has been plagued by many calamities of massive proportions in the past. Here are the ten worst natural disasters that have affected millions of lives in the country since the 17th century:
The great famine of 1876-1878: The great famine of 1876-78, statistically, was the worst ever disaster in the Indian history. The famine took a toll on millions of lives in south India, affecting at least 5.8 crore people for a period of two years. Covering a total area of 670,000 square km, the famine caused distress to people mainly in south, south western India and later spread to the then central provinces (now Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra states) and also united provinces (now Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand). Historians estimate that at least 3 crore people were killed in the great famine.