Deadliest floods worldwide between 2012 and 2016

In this article, Flood Help will show you a list of deadliest floods around the world between 2012 and 2016. This list consists of the deadliest floods worldwide with a minimum of 50 deaths.

10 deadliest floods

10 – Nigeria Flood

The 2012 Nigeria floods began in early July 2012, and killed 363 people and displaced over 2.1 million people as of 5 November 2012. According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), 30 of Nigeria’s 36 states were affected by the floods.

9 – 2013 Argentina floods

argentina floods AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Between 1 and 3 April 2013, the northeastern section of Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, experienced several flash floods that claimed the lives of 101 people. Greater La Plata was hardest hit with 91 reported deaths, and Greater Buenos Aires reported 10 deaths. The flooding was the result of extremely heavy rainfall and is said to be the worst flooding in La Plata’s history.

8 – 2014 Southeast Europe floods

2014 Southeast Europe floods

Between 13 and 18 May 2014 a low-pressure cyclone designated Tamara and Yvette affected a large area of Southeastern and Central Europe, causing floods and landslides. Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina suffered the greatest damage, as the rain was the heaviest in 120 years of recorded weather measurements. By 20 May, at least 62 people had died as a result of the flooding, and hundreds of thousands had been forced from their homes. Towns of Obrenovac in Serbia and Doboj in Bosnia and Herzegovina account for most victims, after being inundated by several-meter high waters from nearby rivers. Read more.

7 – 2016 Sri Lankan floods

2016 Sri Lankan floods

Beginning on 14 May 2016, a low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal caused torrential rain to fall across Sri Lanka, causing floods and landslides which affected half a million people. As of 25 May 2016, the death toll was 101 with 100 missing. Read more.

6 – 2012 Russian floods

2012 Russian floods

The 2012 Krasnodar Krai floods occurred in southwest Russia in early July, mainly in Krasnodar Krai near the coast of the Black Sea. The equivalent of five months of rain fell overnight in some southern parts of the country according to the Hydro meteorological Center of Russia. One hundred seventy-one people died during the floods, and Russian police said the floods damaged the homes of nearly 13,000 people. According to the governor of Krasnodar Krai, Aleksandr Tkachyov, “there was nothing of the kind for the last 70 years”.[6] The flood was part of the aftermath of an intense storm that hit Krasnodar, dropping almost half a year’s worth of rainfall in the region over two days.[1] Close to 30,000 people were affected by the floods. Read More.

5 – 2012 North Korean floods

2012 North Korean floods
a photograph released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 31 July 2012 shows a bridge damaged by flood waters, near Anju, in Onchon County of North Korea, on 30 July 2012. At least 88 people have been killed and more than 63,000 were left homeless in North Korea in a week of floods that followed torrential rains, state media reported. EPA/KCNA

In North Korea, heavy rains from the storm triggered significant flooding and many landslides in late August. KCNA reported wind speeds of more than 108 km/h (67 mph) in North and South Hwanghae, South Hamgyong, South Pyongan and the city of Nampho, and waves as high as 1.11 m (3.6 ft) in the sea of Kimchaek. Read More.

4 – Kashmir, J&K flood


In September 2014, the Kashmir region suffered disastrous floods across many of its districts caused by torrential rainfall. The Indian administrated Jammu and Kashmir, as well as Pakistan-administered Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Punjab were affected by these floods. By 24 September 2014, nearly 277 people in India and about 280 people in Pakistan had died due to the floods. Read more.

3 – 2015 South Indian floods

2015 South Indian floods

The 2015 South Indian floods resulted from heavy rainfall generated by the annual northeast monsoon in November–December 2015. They affected the Coromandel Coast region of the South Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, and the Union territory of Puducherry, with Tamil Nadu and the city of Chennai particularly hard-hit. More than 500 people have killed and over 1.8 million people were removed. With estimates of damages and losses ranging from nearly US$3 billion to over US$16 billion, the floods were the costliest to have occurred in 2015 and were among the costliest natural disasters of the year. Read more.

2 – 2016 Indian floods by monsoon rain

2016 Indian floods by monsoon rain

The National Disaster Management Division (NDMD) of the Ministry of Home Affairs in India reports that over 5 million people across 8 states are currently affected by flooding. Around 20,000 people have been forced to evacuate their home by the floods. Over 80 relief camps have been set up to house those displaced. The flooding has caused widespread damage to houses and farmland. As of 18 July, 2,888 houses have been destroyed and 336,555 damaged. Around 55,000 heads of cattle have been lost due to the floods.

1 – 2013 North India floods

2013 North India floods

This is the most deadliest flood. In June 2013, a multi-day cloudburst centered on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides becoming the country’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami. The reason the floods occurred was that the rainfall received was on a larger scale than the regular rainfall the state usually received. The debris blocked up the rivers, causing major overflow. The main day of the flood is said to be on 16 June 2013. Though some parts of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in India experienced the flood, some regions of Western Nepal and some parts of Western Tibet also experienced heavy rainfall, over 89% of the casualties occurred in Uttarakhand. As of 16 July 2013, according to figures provided by the Uttarakhand government, more than 5,700 people were “presumed dead.” This total included 934 local residents.

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