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.
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.
This is a sortable table. Click on the column sort buttons to sort results numerically or alphabetically. The table is sorted by lowest death toll estimate by default.
|Log. mean estimate||Lowest estimate||Highest estimate||Event||Location||From||To||Duration (years)||Notes, See also|
|75||65.0||85.0||World War II||Worldwide||1939||1945||6 years and 1 day||World War II casualties (includes worldwide Holocaust and concentration camps deaths). Does not include Second Sino-Japanese War (see below)|
|55.0||8.4||138.0||European colonization of the Americas||Americas||1492||1691||199||Death toll estimates vary due to lack of consensus as to the demographic size of the native population pre-Columbus, which might never be accurately determined.[a]|
|40.0||20.0||100.0||Taiping Rebellion||China||1851||1864||14||Dungan Revolt|
|37.0||36.0||40.0||Three Kingdoms||China||184||280||96||End of the Han dynasty|
|35.0||30.0||40.0||Mongol conquests||Eurasia||1206||1368||163||Mongol Empire, Destruction under the Mongol Empire|
|29.0||20.0||38||Second Sino-Japanese War||China||1937||1945||8||Pacific War|
|25.0||25.0||25.0||Qing dynasty conquest of the Ming dynasty||China||1618||1683||65||Qing dynasty|
|21.0||13.0||36.0||An Lushan Rebellion||China||755||763||9||Medieval warfare|
|18.0||15.0||21.0||World War I||Worldwide||1914||1918||4 years, 3 months, 1 week||World War I casualties
Does not include worldwide Spanish flu deaths.
|17.0||15.0||20.0||Conquests of Timur-e-Lang||West Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, Russia||1369||1405||37||Timurid dynasty|
|Holocaust||Europe||1941||1945||4||Minimum number of Jewish deaths (low estimate), all racially and politically motivated German killing policies (high estimate).[b]|
|8.0||8.0||8.0||Chinese Civil War||China||1927||1949||22||List of civil wars|
|6.7||citation needed]5.0[||9.0||Russian Civil War||Russia||1917||1921||5||Russian Revolution, List of civil wars|
|5.9||3.0||11.5||Thirty Years' War||Holy Roman Empire||1618||1648||31||Religious war, Start of European political wars|
|7.0||Napoleonic Wars||Europe, Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean||1803||1815||13||Napoleonic Wars casualties|
|4.6||3.0||7.0||Yellow Turban Rebellion||China||184||205||22||Part of Three Kingdoms War|
|4.5||2.582||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.|
|3.7||2.5||5.4||Second Congo War||Democratic Republic of the Congo||1998||2003||6||First Congo War|
|2.8||2.3||3.3||Hundred Years' War||Western Europe||1337||1453||107||Edwardian War (1337-1360), Caroline War (1369–1389), Lancastrian War (1415–53)|
|2.8||2.0||4.0||French Wars of Religion||France||1562||1598||37||Religious war|
|1.7||1.5||2.0||Shaka's conquests||Southern Africa||1816||1828||13||Ndwandwe–Zulu War|
|1.7||1.5||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).|
|1.7||1.0||citation needed]3.0[||Nigerian Civil War||Nigeria||1966||1970||4||Ethnic cleansings of the Igbo people followed by Civil War.|
|1.7||1.0||3.0||Cambodian Genocide||Cambodia||1975||1979||4||War casualties, famine, health system collapse, executions and ethnic cleansing during the Khmer Rouge regime.|
|1.7||1.0||3.0||Crusades||Holy Land, Europe||1095||1291||197||Christian military excursions against the Muslim Conquests.|
|1.6||1.25||1.85||Punic Wars||Mediterranean||264 BC||146 BC||118||Carthage, Roman Republic|
|1.5||0.8||1.8||Armenian Genocide||Armenian Highlands||1915||1923||8||First Genocide of the 20th century committed by the Ottoman government on Armenian civilians.|
|1.5||0.8||3.0||Vietnam War||Southeast Asia||1955||1975||21||Cold War and First Indochina War|
|1.4||1.0||2.0||Second Sudanese Civil War||Sudan||1983||2005||23||First Sudanese Civil War|
|1.34||0.4||4.5||Korean War||Korean Peninsula||1950||1953||4||Categorized as part of the Cold War.|
|1.2||0.5||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.|
|1.1||0.6||2.0||Soviet–Afghan War||Afghanistan||1980||1988||9||Sometimes categorized as a proxy war during the Cold War.|
|1.0||citation needed]0.89[||-||Du Wenxiu Rebellion||China||1856||1873||18|
|1.0||0.5||2.0||Mexican Revolution||Mexico, United States||1911||1920||10||Includes Pancho Villa's raids and the Columbus Raid.|
|1.0||citation needed]0.5[||1.5||Iran–Iraq War||Iran, Iraq||1980||1988||9||Includes the Al-Anfal Campaign.|
|0.94||citation needed]0.9[||1.0||Gallic Wars||France||58 BC||50 BC||9||Roman Empire|
|0.9||0.4||1.7||Serbian Genocide||NDH||1941||1945||4||Includes Serbian deaths in concentration camps in Jasenovac, Jadovno, organized massacres like in Prebilovci etc.|
|0.79||0.67||0.9||American Civil War||United States of America||1861||1865||4||Estimates include civilian deaths|
|0.77||0.2||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.|
|0.75||0.45||1.0||Greek Genocide||Asia Minor||1915||1923||8||Committed by the Ottoman government on Greek civilians.|
|0.71||0.5||1.0||Rwandan genocide||Rwanda||1994||1994||1||Part of the Rwandan Civil War.|
|0.71||0.5||1.0||Spanish Civil War||Spain||1936||1939||4|
|0.6||0.3||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|
|0.585||0.272||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.|
|0.45||0.4||0.5||Ethnic cleansing of Circassians||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).|
|.275||0.15||.3||Assyrian Genocide||Mesopotamia||1915||1923||8||Committed by the Ottoman government on Assyrian civilians.|
|0.24||0.3||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.|
|0.12||0.097207||0.2||Bosnian War||Bosnia||1992||1995||3||During the Bosnian War, at least 97,207 people were killed.|
|0.099||0.075||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.|
- Spanish Empire, Population history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Native American disease and epidemics. These death toll estimates vary due to lack of consensus as to the demographic size of the native population pre-Columbus, which some say might never be accurately determined. Historian Henige says that "the fifteen fold increase from the original population estimates were based on instrument rather than evidence. Newly introduced European diseases became the chief means used to explain a much greater population decline." Modern scholarship tend to side with the higher estimates, but there is still variance based on calculation methods used. Even using conservative populations estimates, however, "one dreadful conclusion is inescapable: the 150 years after Columbus's arrival brought a toll on human life in this hemisphere comparable to all of the world's losses during World War II." "Against the alien agents of disease, the indigenous people never had a chance. Their immune systems were unprepared to fight smallpox and measles, malaria and yellow fever. The epidemics that resulted have been well documented." A small industry of researchers in recent years have focused their attention on Native American population size in 1492, and the subsequent decimation of the population after contact with Europeans. While that research is interesting and important to Native American history, a group of researchers are now exploring wide variations in health of Native Americans before 1492. They say their findings in no way diminish the "dreadful impact Old World diseases had on the people of the New World. But it suggests that the New World was hardly a healthful Eden." For example, they note that as the previously thriving indigenous peoples became more urbanized and less mobile, they succumbed to the same declining sanitation and health conditions of other urban cultures, including tuberculosis. The researchers stress, however, that "their findings in no way mitigated the responsibility of Europeans as bearers of disease devastating to native societies."
- 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.
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|||
|citation needed]85,000[||Stutthof||Nazi Germany||Stutthof, 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.|
|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.|
|citation needed]9,000,000[||13,000,000||Northern Chinese Famine of 1876–79||China||1876||1879||ENSO famine. See also: Late Victorian Holocausts|
|citation needed]5,500,000[||6,000,000||Great Famine of 1876–78||British 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|
|citation needed]3,000,000[||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.|
|citation needed]2,000,000[||3,000,000||Indian famine of 1896–97, Indian famine of 1899–1900||British 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.|
|240,000.||4,000,000||North Korean famine||North Korea||1994||1998||The famine stemmed from a variety of factors. Economic mismanagement and the loss of Soviet support caused food production and imports to decline rapidly. A series of floods and droughts exacerbated the crisis, but were not its direct cause. The North Korean government and its centrally-planned system proved too inflexible to effectively curtail the disaster. Estimates of the death toll vary widely. Out of a total population of approximately 22 million, somewhere between 240,000 and 3,500,000 North Koreans died from starvation or hunger-related illnesses, with the deaths peaking in 1997. Recent research suggests the likely number of excess deaths between 1993 and 2000 was about 330,000.|
|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
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||1300 BC||1050 BC||Last 250 years of rule|
|3,912||3,912||Kamikaze suicide pilots, see note||Imperial Japan navy and army||Pacific theatre||1944||1945|
|913||913||Jonestown murder-suicide||Followers of The Peoples Temple cult||Jonestown||November 18, 1978||November 19, 1978|
|citation needed]967[||967||Mass suicide motivated religious and political.||Judean rebels||Masada||Spring 73 CE|
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.
|citation needed]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.|
|citation needed]8,000,000[||citation needed]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||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 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.|
|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.|
|citation needed]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.|
|61,007||77,552||Internal conflict in Peru||Peru||1980||2000||Internal conflict between the Peruvian Army and guerrilla fighters in Peru. The principal actors in the war were the Communist Party of Peru or "Shining Path" and the government of Peru; the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement was also involved. All of the armed actors in the war (both terrorists and the Peruvian Army) deliberately targeted and killed civilians, making the conflict more bloody than any other war in Peruvian history since the European colonization of the country.|
|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||Smyrna, Ottoman Empire||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 massacre of their populations. 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).|
|30,000,000||150,000,000||Malaria resurgence and an reduction in effective eradication efforts due to ''Silent Spring'' panic and DDT bans.||Worldwide but mostly Sub-Saharan Africa||1962|| to the present2007||Since 1944, DDT had been used to eradicate malaria or drastically reduce malaria in most countries worldwide. Countries that were ravaged by malaria in the past became malaria free or malaria was drastically reduced due to DDT use, e.g. Italy, US, Southern Europe, Central America, South America, Sri Lanka, Asia, South Africa. Eradication efforts in most of Sub-Saharan Africa had not yet started yet. The ban on DDT use in the US and Europe led to funds for eradication of malaria in Africa ending and use of DDT ending in most of Africa.|
|0||576,000||Sanctions against Iraq||Iraq||1990||1998||According to Saddam Hussein's government, sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council indirectly caused excess deaths of young children.|
Other lists organized by death toll
- List of accidents and disasters by death toll
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- List of events named massacres
- List of genocides by death toll
- List of murderers by number of victims
- List of natural disasters by death toll
- List of ongoing conflicts
- List of disasters in Australia by death toll
- List of disasters in Canada by death toll
- List of disasters in Great Britain and Ireland by death toll
- List of disasters in New Zealand by death toll
- List of disasters in the United States by death toll
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