Today’s Destructive Topic – Flooding!

Flooding is something that happens anywhere and everywhere. Whenever an area gets entirely too much rain, it starts to overflow areas in low lying areas, back roads, even cities, such as underground railways. Flooding causes damages to local areas, wildlife, and human environments alike. It can happen in desert landscapes, in the form of flash flooding, or deciduous landscapes such as Missouri, or even along coastal areas, during hurricanes.

One of the worst floods in history happened in 1974 in Bangladesh. It happened during the monsoon season, which the area was used to dealing with flooding issues but had never had a flood of this proportion before. The area was under constant flooding which came with other problems beyond just the flooding. Damage to homes and property were common, but more importantly, it devastated the crops bringing famine with it. Along with lack of food for the people of Bangladesh, diseases also came with the flooding. In total, the 1974 Bangladesh flood killed 30,000 people and many more who were seriously ill.

Flooding has occurred many times in history throughout the ages. The First and Second floods of St. Marcellus are both recorded in history for their serious amounts of damages and loss of life. The First flood happened in 1219 in the Netherlands, it caused immense damages in property but also took an astounding 36,000 lives. The second flood happened on January 16th, 1362, and took somewhere around 25,000 lives.

The Eastern Guatemala flood that happened in 1949 which happened as a result of a hurricane had widespread flooding that lasted over a month long. This disaster took somewhere around 40,000 lives in Guatemala, and left many people without their homes. In 1971, during the Vietnam war, the Red River Delta flood killer 100,000 people in Hanoi. The 1212 North Sea flood killed around 60,000 people. It took many years for these people to rebuild the flood region, even though the Netherlands has seen their share of disaster floods.

 

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