1887 Yellow River flood

The 1887 Yellow River flood was a devastating flood on the Yellow River (Huang He) in China. This river is prone to flooding due to the elevated nature of the river, running between dikes above the broad plains surrounding it. The flood, which began in September 1887, killed about 900,000 people.[1] It was one of the deadliest natural disasters ever recorded.[2]


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Disasters: Environmental Catastrophes and Human Tragedies, Angus M. Gunn, 2007, chapter 35: 'Yellow River China flood 1887', pp 141-144 (this source quotes the figure of 900,000, and 2 million homeless, though some sources give other figures)
  2. ^ Security[permanent dead link], Peter Hough, 2008, chapter 8, page 192, table 8.1 'The ten worst natural disasters in history'

External linksEdit

  • Dealing with the Deluge, Flood! (Nova Online) this was one of the most biggest and deadly water disasters in the world.