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 and armed conflicts
- 2 Genocides and alleged genocides
- 3 Famine
- 4 Floods and landslides
- 5 Human sacrifice and ritual suicide
- 6 Other deadly events
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Wars and armed conflicts
||It has been suggested that this section be merged into List of wars by death toll. (Discuss) Proposed since January 2014.|
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.
|Event||Location||From||To||See also||Percentage of the world population|
|40,000,000||71,000,000||World War II||Worldwide||1939||1945||World War II casualties and Second Sino-Japanese War (this estimate includes worldwide Holocaust and concentration camps deaths)||1.7%–3.1%|
|30,000,000||30,000,000||Mongol conquests||Eurasia||1206||1368||Mongol Empire||7.5%|
|30,000,000||30,000,000||Late Yuan warfare and transition to Ming Dynasty||China||1340||1368||Ming Dynasty||6.7%|
|25,000,000||25,000,000||Qing dynasty conquest of the Ming Dynasty||China||1616||1662||Qing Dynasty||4.8%|
|20,000,000||100,000,000||Taiping Rebellion||China||1851||1864||Dungan revolt||1.6%–8%|
(this estimate includes worldwide Spanish flu deaths)
|World War I||Worldwide||1914||1918||World War I casualties||0.8%–3.6%|
|15,000,000||20,000,000||Conquests of Timur-e-Lang||West Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, Russia||1369||1405||||3.4%–4.5%|
|13,000,000||36,000,000||An Lushan Rebellion||China||755||763||Medieval warfare||5.5%–15.3%|
|8,000,000||12,000,000||Dungan revolt||China||1862||1877||Panthay Rebellion||0.6%–0.9%|
|citation needed]5,000,000[||citation needed]30,000,000[||Conquests by the Empire of Japan||Asia||1894||1945|
|9,000,000||Russian Civil War||Russia||1917||1921||Russian Revolution (1917), List of civil wars||0.28%–0.5%|
|2,500,000||5,400,000||Second Congo War||Democratic Republic of the Congo||1998||2003||First Congo War||0.06%–0.09%|
|7,000,000||Napoleonic Wars||Europe, Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean||1803||1815||Napoleonic Wars casualties||0.4%–0.7%|
|3,000,000||11,500,000||Thirty Years' War||Holy Roman Empire||1618||1648||Religious war||0.5%–2.1%|
|3,000,000||7,000,000||Yellow Turban Rebellion||China||184||205||Part of Three Kingdoms War||1.3%–3.1%|
|1,000,000||3,000,000||Nigerian Civil War||Nigeria||1967||1970||Genocides in history||0.03%-0.09%|
|1,500,000||2,000,000||War in Afghanistan||Afghanistan||1979||Present||Soviet-Afghan War, Taliban Era, and NATO Intervention. Death toll estimates through 1999 (2M) and 2000 (1.5M and 2M).||0.06%|
|3,000,000||4,000,000||Deluge||Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth||1655||1660||Second Northern War||0.6%–0.7%|
|400,000||4,500,000||Korean War||Korean Peninsula||1950||1953||Cold War||0.1%|
|800,000||3,000,000||Vietnam War||Southeast Asia||1955||1975||Cold War and First Indochina War||0.08%–0.19%|
|2,000,000||4,000,000||French Wars of Religion||France||1562||1598||Religious war||0.4%–0.8%|
|Shaka's conquests||Africa||1816||1828||Ndwandwe–Zulu War||0.2%|
|1,000,000||2,000,000||Second Sudanese Civil War||Sudan||1983||2005||First Sudanese Civil War||0.02%|
|1,000,000||3,000,000||Crusades||Holy Land, Europe||1095||1291||Religious war||0.3%–2.3%|
|600,000||2,000,000||Soviet War in Afghanistan||Afghanistan||1980||1988||Cold War||0.012%–0.04%|
|900,000||1,000,000||Gallic Wars||France||58 BC||50 BC||Roman Empire||0.90%–1.00%|
|800,000||1,000,000||Du Wenxiu Rebellion||China||1856||1873|
|500,000||2,000,000||Mexican Revolution||Mexico, United States||1911||1920||Pancho Villa and Columbus Raid||0.03%–0.1%|
|500,000||citation needed]2,000,000[||Iran–Iraq War||Iran, Iraq||1980||1988||Al-Anfal Campaign and Invasion of Kuwait||0.01%–0.04%|
|400,000||800,000||American Civil War||United States, Confederate States||1861||1865||0.03%–0.06%|
|500,000||1,000,000||Spanish Civil War||Spain||1936||1939||0.025%–0.05%|
|300,000||1,200,000||Paraguayan War||South America||1864||1870||Military history of South America and Luís Alves de Lima e Silva, Duke of Caxias||0.02%–0.08%|
Genocides and alleged genocides
Genocides with at least a million fatalities in the high estimate category are shown here. 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.
The following list of genocides and alleged genocides should be understood in this context and not necessarily regarded as the final word on the events in question.
|Holocaust||Europe||1941||1945||With around 6 million Jews murdered as well as the genocide of the Romani: most estimates of Romani deaths are in the 200,000–500,000 range but some estimate more than a million. A broader definition includes political and religious dissenters, 200,000 people with disabilities, 2 to 3 million Soviet POWs, 5,000 Jehovah's Witnesses, 15,000 homosexuals and small numbers of mixed-race children (known as the Rhineland bastards), and millions of Polish and Soviet civilians, bringing the death toll to around 17 million. See Holocaust, Porajmos, Generalplan Ost, Consequences of German Nazism Note: the low estimate only accounts for Jewish deaths|
|2,582,000||8,000,000||Holodomor (and Soviet famine of 1932–1933)||Ukrainian SSR||1932||1933||Holodomor was a famine in Ukraine caused by the government of Joseph Stalin, a part of Soviet famine of 1932–1933. Holodomor is claimed by contemporary Ukrainian government to be a genocide of the Ukrainians.
As of March 2008[update], Ukraine and nineteen other governments have recognized the actions of the Soviet government as an act of genocide. The joint statement at the United Nations in 2003 has defined the famine as the result of cruel actions and policies of the totalitarian regime that caused the deaths of millions of Ukrainians, Russians, Kazakhs and other nationalities in the USSR. On 23 October 2008 the European Parliament adopted a resolution that recognized the Holodomor as a crime against humanity.
On January 12, 2010, the court of appeals in Kiev opened hearings into the "fact of genocide-famine Holodomor in Ukraine in 1932–33", in May 2009 the Security Service of Ukraine had started a criminal case "in relation to the genocide in Ukraine in 1932–33". In a ruling on January 13, 2010 the court found Stalin and other Bolshevik leaders guilty of genocide against the Ukrainians.
|European colonization of the Americas||Americas||1492||1900||Although heavily disputed, some historians such as David Stannard and Howard Zinn consider the deaths caused by disease, displacement, and conquest of Native American populations during European settlement of North and South America as constituting an act of genocide (or series of genocides). The alleged genocidal aspects of this event are entwined with loss of life caused by the lack of immunity of Native Americans to diseases carried by European settlers (see Population history of American indigenous peoples). Some estimates indicate case fatality rates of 80–90% in Native American populations during smallpox epidemics. According to Noble David Cook, "There were too few Spaniards to have killed the millions who were reported to have died in the first century after Old and New World contact." Stafford Poole wrote: "There are other terms to describe what happened in the Western Hemisphere, but genocide is not one of them. It is a good propaganda term in an age where slogans and shouting have replaced reflection and learning ..."|
|1,000,000||3,000,000||Nigerian Civil War||Nigeria||1967||1970||Since the independence of Nigeria in 1960 the 3 ethnic groups, the Hausa, Yoruba, and Igbo, had always been fighting over control in the political realm. The Igbos seemed to have control over most of Nigeria's politics until the assassination of the then Igbo president Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi by Northern general Yakubu Gowon. With this the Igbos seceded from Nigeria and created the Republic of Biafra. The Igbos had the upper hand until late 1967 when food supplies were cut off. By mid-1968 50% of Igbos were starving and thousands more were being slaughtered by Nigerian soldiers. In 1970 the Igbo's surrendered to the Nigerians and by then anywhere from 1 to 3 million Igbos had either starved or had been killed.|
|1,000,000||3,000,000||Cambodian Genocide||Cambodia||1975||1979||As of September 2010[update], no one has been found guilty of participating in this genocide, but on 16 September 2010 Nuon Chea, second in command of the Khmer Rouge and its most senior surviving member, was indicted on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. He will face Cambodian and United Nations appointed foreign judges at the special genocide tribunal.|
|1,200,000||2,400,000||Maafa (Slavery in the Americas)||Atlantic Ocean||16th century||19th century||Historian Charles Pete Banner-Haley notes that slavery was "not intentionally genocidal" and "resulted in the creation of a New World Afro-American." African slaves died in large numbers during transportation from Africa. The number could be more accurate if it included deaths during the acquisition of slaves in Africa and subsequent deaths in America. Before the 16th century the principal market for the warring African tribes that enslaved each other's populations was the Islamic world to the east. Gustav Nachtigal, an eye-witness, believed that for every slave who arrived at a market three or four died on the way.|
|500,000||1,000,000||Rwandan genocide||Rwanda||1994||1994||Hutu killed unarmed men, women and children. Some 50 perpetrators of the genocide have been found guilty by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, but most others have not been charged due to no witness accounts. Another 120,000 were arrested by Rwanda; of these, 60,000 were tried and convicted in the gacaca court system. Genocidaires who fled into Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo) were used as a justification when Rwanda and Uganda invaded Zaire (First and Second Congo Wars).|
|500,000||3,000,000||Expulsion of Germans after World War II||Europe||1945||1950||
With at least 12 million Germans directly involved, it was the largest movement or transfer of any single ethnic population in modern history and largest among the post-war expulsions in Central and Eastern Europe (which displaced more than twenty million people in total). The events have been usually classified as population transfer, or as ethnic cleansing. Martin Shaw (2007) and W.D. Rubinstein (2004) describe the expulsions as genocide. Felix Ermacora writing in 1991, (in line with a minority of legal scholars) considered ethnic cleansing to be genocide and stated that the expulsion of the Sudeten Germans was genocide.
|300,000||1,500,000||Armenian Genocide||Anatolia||1915||1923||Usually called the First Genocide of the 20th century. Despite recognition by some twenty one countries as a genocide, Turkey disputes genocide by the Ottoman Empire.|
|200,000||1,000,000||Greek genocide||Anatolia||1915||1923||Disputed by Turkey, but considered a genocide.|
|75,000||130,000||Massacres of Poles by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army||Volhyn and Eastern Galicia||1943||1944||Systematical massacres perpetrated by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army on Polish civilians in the eastern part of the Polish Second Republic (Tarnopolski, Stanisławski, Lwowski and Wołyński voivodeships in borders of 1939, under German or Soviet occupation at the time). The victims toll includes also women, children and elderly people. The small minority of dead belong to different ethnic group (mostly Ukrainians protecting Polish peoples against assaults, but also Jews and Russians). Most of the victims were tortured prior to their death. Disputed by Ukrainians, but considered a genocide by the Polish authorities.|
|26,000||3,000,000||1971 Bangladesh genocide||East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)||1971||1971||Atrocities in East Pakistan by the Pakistani Armed Forces, leading to the Bangladesh Liberation War and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, are widely regarded as a genocide against Bengali people especially Bengali Hindus. In 2009, the Bangladeshi government started the International Crimes Tribunal in order to prosecute members of the Islamist Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami who were allegedly complicit in the genocide.|
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|||
|350,000||Majdanek||Nazi Germany||Lublin, Poland||1942–1944|||
|300,000||Chełmno||Nazi Germany||Chełmno, Poland||1941–1943|||
|260,000||Sobibór||Nazi Germany||Sobibor, Poland||1942–1943|||
|130,000–500,000||Kolyma Gulag||Soviet Union||Kolyma, Soviet Union||1932–1954|||
|100,000||Bergen-Belsen||Nazi Germany||Belsen, Germany||1942–1945|||
|55,000||Neuengamme||Nazi Germany||Hamburg, Germany||1938–1945|||
|82,600 to 700,000||Jasenovac||NDH Ustaše, Nazi regime||Croatia||1941–1945|||
|35,000||Jadovno||NDH Ustaše, Nazi regime||Gospić, Croatia||1941 May–August|||
|12,790–75,000||Stara Gradiška||NDH Ustaše, Nazi regime||Croatia||1941–1945||primarily for women and children|
|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, Nedić's Serbia||Niš, Serbia||1941|||
|9,000–10,000||Omarska||Bosnian Serb forces||Omarska, Bosnia and Herzegovina||1992|||
|>3000||Tammisaari prison camp||Finland||Tammisaari, Finland||1918|
|2,963||Elmira Prison||United States of America||Elmira, New York, USA||1864–1865|||
|2,000||Rab||Italy||Rab, Croatia||1942|||
|>1,800||Krugersdorp||United Kingdom||Krugersdorp, Transvaal Republic||c 1900–1902||Second Boer War, primarily for women and children|
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|
|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 and about the same number of births were lost or postponed. 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.|
|6,000,000||8,000,000||Soviet famine of 1932–1933,
|Soviet Union||1932||1939||As of March 2008[update], Ukraine and nineteen other governments have recognized the actions of the Soviet government that led to mass famine as an act of genocide. The joint statement at the United Nations in 2003 has defined the famine as the result of cruel actions and policies of the totalitarian regime that caused the deaths of millions of Ukrainians, Russians, Kazakhs and other nationalities in the USSR. On 23 October 2008 the European Parliament adopted a resolution that recognized the Holodomor as a crime against humanity.
On January 12, 2010, the court of appeals in Kiev opened hearings into the "fact of genocide-famine Holodomor in Ukraine in 1932–33", in May 2009 the Security Service of Ukraine had started a criminal case "in relation to the genocide in Ukraine in 1932–33". In a ruling on January 13, 2010 the court found Stalin and other Bolshevik leaders guilty of genocide against the Ukrainians.
|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|
|4,000,000||4,000,000||Bengal famine of 1943||British 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.|
|1,000,000||1,000,000||Siege of Leningrad||Soviet Union in World War II||1941||1944||An estimated 4 million Soviet people starved to death under Nazi occupation. There were an additional estimated 3 million famine deaths in areas of the USSR not under German occupation.|
|800,000||950,000||Cambodian Genocide||Cambodia||1975||1979||An estimated 2 million Cambodians lost their lives to murder, forced labor and famine from the Cambodian Communist government, 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||United Kingdom||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||Bengal, 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|
Other deadly events
Events with a large anthropogenic death toll not fitting any of the above classifications. May include deaths caused by famine, genocide, etc. 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 being allegedly due to human rights abuses and administration errors within China. 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||Mass murders 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 death of Joseph Stalin). It includes terror 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.|
|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.</ref>|
|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.|
|175,000||576,000||Sanctions against Iraq||Iraq||1990||1998||Sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council caused excess deaths of young children.|
|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.|
|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.|
|100,000||200,000||Bosnian genocide||Bosnia||1992||1995||During the Bosnian War, at least 100,000 people were killed.|
|100,000||120,000||Manila Massacre||Manila, Philippines||1945||1945||During the Battle of Manila, at least 100,000 civilians were killed.|
|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|
|10,000||100,000||Great Fire of Smyrna||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).|
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