List of wars and anthropogenic disasters by death toll
This is a list of wars and anthropogenic disasters by death toll. It covers the lowest estimate of death as well as the highest estimate, the name of the event, the location, and the start and end of each event. Some events may belong in more than one category. In addition, some of the listed events overlap each other, and in some cases the death toll from a smaller event is included in the one for the larger event or time period of which it was part.
- 1 Wars, armed conflicts, and genocides
- 2 Famine
- 3 Floods and landslides
- 4 Human sacrifice and ritual suicide
- 5 Other deadly events
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Wars, armed conflicts, and genocides
These figures of one million or more deaths include the deaths of civilians from diseases, famine, etc., as well as deaths of soldiers in battle and massacres and genocide. Where only one estimate is available, it appears in both the low and high estimates. This is a sortable table. Click on the column sort buttons to sort results numerically or alphabetically.
The United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG) defines genocide in part as "acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group". Determining what historical events constitute a genocide and which are merely criminal or inhuman behavior is not a clear-cut matter. In nearly every case where accusations of genocide have circulated, partisans of various sides have disputed the interpretation and details of the event, often to the point of promoting different versions of the facts. An accusation of genocide will almost always be controversial. Determining the number of persons killed in each genocide can be just as difficult, with political, religious and ethnic biases or prejudices often leading to downplayed or exaggerated figures. Some of the accounts below may include ancillary causes of death such as malnutrition and disease, which may or may not have been intentionally inflicted.
|Log. mean estimate||Highest
|Event||Location||From||To||Duration (years)||Notes, See also|
|40||58||85||World War II||Worldwide||1939||1945||6 years and 1 day||World War II casualties and Second Sino-Japanese War (this estimate includes worldwide Holocaust and concentration camps deaths)|
|36||37||40||Three Kingdoms||China||184||280||96||End of the Han dynasty|
|30||35||40||Mongol conquests||Eurasia||1206||1368||163||Mongol Empire, Destruction under the Mongol Empire|
|25||25||25||Qing dynasty conquest of the Ming dynasty||China||1616||1662||47||Qing dynasty|
|20||32||100||Taiping Rebellion||China||1851||1864||14||Dungan revolt|
|15||31||65||World War I||Worldwide||1914||1918||4 years, 3 months, 1 week||World War I casualties
Upper estimate includes worldwide Spanish flu deaths.
|15||17||20||Conquests of Timur-e-Lang||West Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, Russia||1369||1405||37||Timurid dynasty|
|13||21||36||An Lushan Rebellion||China||755||763||9||Medieval warfare|
|8||8||8||Chinese Civil War||China||1927||1949||22||List of civil wars|
|5||6.7||9||Russian Civil War||Russia||1917||1921||5||Russian Revolution, List of civil wars|
|Holocaust||Europe||1941||1945||4||The low estimate is the minimum number of Jewish deaths, to which some authors limit the definition of "The Holocaust." The upper estimate includes all racially and politically motivated German killing policies during the war, as well as both indirect and direct deaths.|
|4.9||7.0||Napoleonic Wars||Europe, Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean||1803||1815||13||Napoleonic Wars casualties|
|3.0||5.9||11.5||Thirty Years' War||Holy Roman Empire||1618||1648||31||Religious war, Start of European political wars|
|3.0||4.6||7.0||Yellow Turban Rebellion||China||184||205||22||Part of Three Kingdoms War|
|2.5||3.7||5.4||Second Congo War||Democratic Republic of the Congo||1998||2003||6||First Congo War|
|2.582||4.5||8.0||Holodomor (and Soviet famine of 1932–1933)||Ukrainian SSR (and other areas of southern USSR, western Siberia)||1932||1933||1||Targeted famine and forced relocation of Soviet ethnic groups, especially landed Ukrainian peasants, by Stalin Regime.|
|2.3||2.8||3.3||Hundred Years' War||Western Europe||1337||1453||107||Edwardian War (1337-1360), Caroline War (1369-1389), Lancastrian War (1415–53)|
|European colonization of the Americas||Americas||1492||1900||408||Colonization, disease, ethnic cleansing and war.|
|2.0||2.8||4.0||French Wars of Religion||France||1562||1598||37||Religious war|
|1.5||1.7||2.0||Shaka's conquests||Southern Africa||1816||1828||13||Ndwandwe–Zulu War|
|1.5||1.7||2.0||War in Afghanistan||Afghanistan||1979||2000||22||Soviet-Afghan War, Taliban Era. Death toll estimates through 1999 (2M) and 2000 (1.5M and 2M).|
|1.0||1.7||3.0||Nigerian Civil War||Nigeria||1966||1970||4||Ethnic cleansings of the Igbo people followed by Civil War.|
|1.0||1.7||3.0||Cambodian Genocide||Cambodia||1975||1979||4||War casualties, famine, health system collapse, executions and ethnic cleansing during the Khmer Rouge regime.|
|1.0||1.7||3.0||Crusades||Holy Land, Europe||1095||1291||197||Christian military excursions against the Muslim Conquests.|
|1.0||1.4||2.0||Second Sudanese Civil War||Sudan||1983||2005||23||First Sudanese Civil War|
|0.9||0.94||1.0||Gallic Wars||France||58 BC||50 BC||9||Roman Empire|
|0.8||0.89||1.0||Du Wenxiu Rebellion||China||1856||1873||18|
|0.8||1.5||3.0||Vietnam War||Southeast Asia||1955||1975||21||Cold War and First Indochina War|
|0.67||0.75||0.85||American Civil War||United States of America||1861||1865||4||Estimates include civilian deaths|
|0.6||1.1||2.0||Soviet War in Afghanistan||Afghanistan||1980||1988||9||Sometimes categorized as a proxy war during the Cold War.|
|0.5||1.2||3.0||Expulsion of Germans after World War II||Europe||1945||1950||5||Both direct and indirect deaths of ethnic German civilians and POWs during the redrawing of national borders after World War II.|
|0.5||1||2.0||Mexican Revolution||Mexico, United States||1911||1920||10||Includes Pancho Villa's raids and the Columbus Raid.|
|0.5||1.0||2.0||Iran–Iraq War||Iran, Iraq||1980||1988||9||Includes the Al-Anfal Campaign and the Invasion of Kuwait.|
|0.5||0.71||1.0||Rwandan genocide||Rwanda||1994||1994||1||Part of the Rwandan Civil War.|
|0.5||0.71||1.0||Spanish Civil War||Spain||1936||1939||4|
|0.4||0.45||0.5||Circassian Genocide||Circassia||1864||1867||3||Deaths during the ethnic cleansing of Circassia by the Russian Empire in the aftermath of the Russo–Circassian War (1763–1864).|
|0.4||1.34||4.5||Korean War||Korean Peninsula||1950||1953||4||Categorized as part of the Cold War.|
|0.3||0.67||1.5||Armenian Genocide||Anatolia||1915||1923||8||Called the First Genocide of the 20th century and officially recognized by 21 countries as such, though modern Turkey disputes the use of this term and some associated claims.|
|0.3||0.6||1.2||Paraguayan War||South America||1864||1870||7||Military history of South America, Francisco Solano López and Luís Alves de Lima e Silva, Duke of Caxias|
|0.3||0.24||0.4||Deluge||Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth||1655||1660||6||The Second Northern War, including subsequent campaigns by the same powers through the 1650s, and skirmishes between Catholic and Protestant partisans.|
|0.272||0.585||1.260||War on Terror||Greater Middle East||2001||2013||12||Includes Iraq War, War in Afghanistan (2001–present), and War in North-West Pakistan.|
|0.2||0.45||1.0||Greek genocide||Anatolia||1915||1923||8||The use of the term "genocide" is disputed by modern Turkey.|
|0.097207||0.31||0.2||Bosnian War||Bosnia||1992||1995||3||During the Bosnian War, at least 97,207 people were killed.|
|0.075||0.099||0.13||Massacres of Poles by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army||Volhyn and Eastern Galicia||1943||1944||1||Killings conducted by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army on Polish civilians.|
|0.2||0.77||3.0||1971 Bangladesh genocide||East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)||1971||1971||1||Killings by the Pakistani Armed Forces in East Pakistan leading to the Bangladesh Liberation War and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971; widely regarded as a genocide against the Bengali people.|
Deadly prisons and camps
|Deaths||Name||Run by||Location||Date||Notes, References|
|800,000–1,500,000||Auschwitz-Birkenau||Nazi Germany||Oświęcim, Poland||1940–1945|||
|700,000–1,000,000||Treblinka||Nazi Germany||Treblinka, Poland||1942–1943|||
|480,000–600,000||Bełżec||Nazi Germany||Bełżec, Poland||1942–1943|||
|130,000–500,000||Kolyma Gulag||Soviet Union||Kolyma, Soviet Union||1932–1954|||
|85,000||Stutthof||Nazi Germany||Stuttof, Third Reich||1939-1945||Second World War|
|12,790–75,000||Stara Gradiška||NDH Ustaše||Croatia||1941–1945||primarily for women and children|
|26,000 - 40,000||Second Boer War||United Kingdom||South African Republic||1900–1902||116,000 boer women and children; 26,370 died
Second Boer War#Concentration camps .281900.E2.80.931902.29 115,000 black people 15,000 died Second Boer War  81% of the total fatalities in the camps were children Emily Hobhouse
|17,000||Tuol Sleng||Democratic Kampuchea||Phnom Penh, Cambodia||1975–1979|||
|13,171||Camp Sumter||Confederate States of America||Andersonville, Georgia, USA||1864–1865|||
|12,000||Crveni Krst||Nazi regime, Gestapo||Niš, Serbia||1941|||
|2,963||Elmira Prison||United States of America||Elmira, New York, USA||1864–1865|||
Note: Some of these famines were partially caused by nature.
This section includes famines that were caused or exacerbated by the policies or actions of the ruling regime.
|Lowest estimate||Highest estimate||Event||Location||From||To||Notes|
|15,000,000||55,000,000||Great Chinese Famine||People's Republic of China||1958||1962||During the Great Leap Forward under Mao Zedong tens of millions of Chinese starved to death. State violence during this period further exacerbated the death toll, and some 2.5 million people were beaten or tortured to death in connection with Great Leap policies.|
|9,000,000||13,000,000||Northern Chinese Famine of 1876–79||China||1876||1879||ENSO famine. See also: Late Victorian Holocausts|
|5,500,000||6,000,000||Great Famine of 1876–78||India||1876||1878||ENSO famine. See also: Late Victorian Holocausts|
|5,000,000||10,000,000||Russian famine of 1921||Soviet Russia||1921||1922||See also: Droughts and famines in Russia and the Soviet Union and Russian Civil War with its policy of War communism, especially prodrazvyorstka|
|3,000,000||4,000,000||Bengal famine of 1943||India||1943||1943||The Japanese conquest of Burma cut off India's main supply of rice imports
However, administrative policies in British India ultimately helped cause the massive death toll.
|2,400,000||2,400,000||Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies||Indonesia||1944||1945||An estimated 2.4 million Indonesians starved to death during the Japanese occupation of Indonesia. The problem was partly caused by failures of the main 1944–45 rice crop, but mainly by the compulsory rice purchasing system that the Japanese authorities put in place to secure rice for distribution to the armed forces and urban population.|
|2,000,000||3,000,000||Indian famine of 1896–97, Indian famine of 1899–1900||India||1896||1900||ENSO famines. See also: Late Victorian Holocausts|
|800,000||950,000||Cambodian Genocide||Cambodia||1975||1979||An estimated 2 million Cambodians lost their lives to murder, forced labor and famine perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge, of which nearly half was caused by forced starvation. Came to an end due to invasion by Vietnam in 1979.|
|750,000||1,500,000||Great Irish Famine||Ireland||1846||1849||Although blight ravaged potato crops throughout Europe during the 1840s, the impact and human cost in Ireland—where a third of the population was significantly dependent on the Irish Lumper potato for food—was exacerbated by a host of political, social and economic factors which remain the subject of historical debate.|
|400,000||2,000,000||Vietnamese Famine of 1945||Vietnam||1944||1945||The Japanese occupation during World War II caused the famine in North Vietnam.|
|400,000||1,000,000||1983–85 famine in Ethiopia||Ethiopia||1983||1985||The famines that struck Ethiopia between 1961 and 1985, and in particular the one of 1983–5, were in large part created by government policies.|
|70,000||70,000||Sudan famine||Sudan||1998||1998||The famine was caused almost entirely by human rights abuse and the war in Southern Sudan.|
Floods and landslides
|1.||2,500,000–3,700,000||1931 China floods||China||1931|
|2.||900,000–2,000,000||1887 Yellow River (Huang He) flood||China||1887|
|3.||500,000–700,000||1938 Yellow River (Huang He) flood||China||1938|
|4.||26,000-230,000||The failure of 62 dams in Zhumadian Prefecture, Henan, the largest of which was Banqiao Dam, caused by Typhoon Nina.||China||August 1975|
|5.||145,000||1935 Yangtze river flood||China||1935|
|6.||more than 100,000||St. Felix's Flood, storm surge||Netherlands||1530|
|7.||100,000||Hanoi and Red River Delta flood||North Vietnam||1971|
|8.||100,000||1911 Yangtze river flood||China||1911|
|9.||50,000–80,000||St. Lucia's flood, storm surge||Netherlands, England||1287|
|10.||10,000–50,000||Vargas Tragedy, landslide||Venezuela||1999|
|11.||2,400||North Sea flood, storm surge||Netherlands, Scotland, England, Belgium||31 January 1953|
|12.||2,209||Johnstown Flood||Pennsylvania||31 May 1889|
Human sacrifice and ritual suicide
|Lowest estimate||Highest estimate||Description||Group||Location||From||To||Notes|
|citation needed]300,000[||citation needed]1,500,000[||Human sacrifice in Aztec culture||Aztecs||Mexico||14th century||1521||Up to 3,000 sacrificed yearly|
|13,000||13,100||Human sacrifice||Shang dynasty||China||BC1300||BC1050||Last 250 years of rule|
|7,941||7,941||Ritual suicides||Sati||, India||1815||1828|
|3,912||3,912||Kamikaze suicide pilots, see note ||Imperial Japanese air forces||Pacific theatre||1944||1945|
|913||913||Jonestown murder-suicide||Followers of The Peoples Temple cult||Jonestown||November 18, 1978||November 19, 1978|
|967||967||Mass suicide motivated religious and political.||Judean rebels||Masada||Spring 73|
Other deadly events
Events with a large anthropogenic death toll not fitting any of the above classifications. May include deaths caused by famine, genocide, and other events listed above, as a portion of the total.
|49,000,000||78,000,000||Mao Zedong era 1949–1976||People's Republic of China||1949||1976||Millions of people died as a result of Mao Zedong's reforms, with most of these deaths due to the Great Chinese Famine caused by mismanagement of agricultural resources during the Great Leap Forward. Millions more died as a result of human rights abuses. The total includes those who died during the Campaign to Suppress Counterrevolutionaries, the Three-anti and Five-anti Campaigns, human rights abuses in Tibet, The Great Leap Forward (especially the resulting famine), and the Cultural Revolution. See also Mass killings under communist regimes.|
|8,000,000||61,000,000||Soviet crimes 1917–1953||Soviet Republics (1917–1922), the Soviet Union (1922–1953), the East and Center of Europe, Mongolia||1917||1953||War, forced collectivization, and poor central planning in the Soviet Republics and Soviet Union led to enormous famines in 1921, 1932–33, and 1946–47. Mass murders were also perpetrated by the Communist leaders of the Soviet Republics between 1917 and 1922 and later on in The Soviet Union during a period of 1922–1953 (until the death of Joseph Stalin). This includes terrors unleashed by Cheka during the Russian Civil War against nations and 'enemies of The Revolution', deaths in Gulags, forced resettlement, Holodomor, Dekulakization, Great Purge, National operations of the NKVD. See also Mass killings under communist regimes.|
|5,000,000||22,000,000||Crimes during Congo Free State 1885–1908||Now the Democratic Republic of the Congo||1885||1908||Private forces under the control of Leopold II of Belgium carried out mass murders, mutilations, and other crimes against the Congolese in order to encourage the gathering of valuable raw materials, principally rubber. Significant deaths also occurred due to major disease outbreaks and starvation, caused by population displacement and poor treatment. Estimates of the death toll vary considerably because of the lack of a formal census before 1924, but a commonly cited figure of 10 million deaths was obtained by estimating a 50% decline in the total population during the Congo Free State and applying it to the total population of 10 million in 1924.|
|175,000||576,000||Sanctions against Iraq||Iraq||1990||1998||Sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council indirectly caused excess deaths of young children.|
|100,000||2,000,000||Indonesian killings of 1965–1966||Indonesia||1965||1966||Massacres of people connected to the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) were carried out in 1965 and 1966. Death tolls are difficult to estimate.|
|100,000||250,000||War in the Vendée||France||1793||1796||Described as genocide by some historians but this claim has been widely discounted. See also French Revolution.|
|100,000||120,000||Manila Massacre||Manila, Philippines||1945||1945||During the Battle of Manila, at least 100,000 civilians were killed.|
|90,800||202,600||Indonesian occupation of East Timor||East Timor||1974||1999||Civilian deaths under the Indonesian occupation of East Timor, including killings, disappearances, and deaths caused by conflict-related hunger and illness.|
|50,000||80,000||Operation Condor||South America||1975||1983||A campaign of political repression by right-wing dictatorships in South America, sponsored by the United States|
|50,000||60,000||Warsaw Uprising||Occupied Poland||5 August 1944||12 August 1944||Systematic killing of Polish civilian population (mostly children and women regardless of age (the latter usually raped before death)) in district Wola and Ochota committed by the German Army during Warsaw Uprising|
|40,000||350,000||Nanking Massacre||Nanking, China||1937||1938||The Nanking Massacre, commonly known as the Rape of Nanking, was a war crime committed by the Japanese military in Nanjing, then capital of the Republic of China, after it fell to the Imperial Japanese Army on 13 December 1937.|
|15,000||15,000||First Sack of Thessalonica||Byzantine Empire||904||904||The sack of the second city of the Byzantine Empire by a Muslim fleet under the command of Leo of Tripoli. In addition to the thousands killed the Saracen fleet also took 20,000 Greek slaves.|
|10,000||100,000||Great Fire of Smyrna||İzmir, Turkey||September 9, 1922||September 24, 1922||Fires set during attacks on Greeks and Armenians by Turkish mobs and military forces in Smyrna at the end of the Greco-Turkish War (1919–22). The violence and fires resulted in the destruction of the Greek and Armenian portions of the city and the evacuation of their former populations by British and American military forces. After the attacks 30,000 Greek and Armenian men left behind were deported by Turkish forces, many of whom were subsequently killed.|
|9,000||30,000||Dirty War||Argentina||1976||1983||At least 9,000 people were tortured and killed in Argentina from 1976 to 1983, carried out primarily by the Argentinean military Junta (part of Operation Condor).|
Other lists organized by death toll
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- This toll is only for the number of Japanese pilots killed in Kamikaze suicide missions. It does not include the number of enemy combatants killed by such missions, which is estimated to be around 4,000. Kamikaze pilots are estimated to have sunk or damaged beyond repair some 70 to 80 allied ships, representing about 80% of allied shipping losses in the final phase of the war in the Pacific (see Kamikaze).
- The largest single loss of American civilian life in a deliberate act until the September 11, 2001 attacks.
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