Dates With Disaster

Suffering goes on for victims of Tragedy

The world is no stranger to disasters in recent years.

Only a few weeks ago, thousands died when a cyclone and tidal waves hit Bangladesh.

It is feared that the final toll may be as high as 10,000.

In 1985 a giant storm triggered floods that killed more than 40,000 and sent 200,000 fleeing for their lives.

Chernobyl sent terror around the globe in 1986 after a nuclear power station accident led to the world's worst radiation fall out.

The poisonous cloud contained radiation levels 40 times greater than the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs and contaminated millions of square miles.

In 1984 more than 3000 were killed and 26,000 were left seriously ill after the world's worst industrial disaster at Bhopal in India.

The nightmare began when a gas cloud swept over the city after a leak at the local Union Carbide plant.

In Mexico, a series of earthquakes in 1985 was estimated to have killed 4000 people.

But the world's worst disaster happened in 1976 when an earthquake rocked Tangshan in China.

Unofficial estimates put the death toll as high as 800,000.

Map showing where earthquakes occured

Source: "The Daily Record", Dec. 9, 1988