5 Worst World Tragedies Of All Time!
Over the centuries the world has seen a lot of terrible disasters, including both natural and the man-made. It would be rather impossible as to determine which of those uncountable catastrophes could be called the “worst one”, but there are some which we can’t just forget.
1.) Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings
During the Second World War, the U.S dropped bombs on the two Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki on April 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. The aftermath of this was terrible as the two cities suffered major loss. The effects were so severe that in late 1950’s the survivors were diagnosed with a lot of psychological effects like neurotic symptoms, experiencing an increased sense of unresponsiveness and immobility, post-traumatic stress disorder and even physical damage like extreme hair loss because of radiation, Keloids and various forms of cancer. Even the babies born in those years had birth-defects such as Cancer, especially leukemia and lymphoma, Mental retardation, Lower IQ and many more.
2.) The Nuclear Power Plant Explosion in Chernobyl, Russia
On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine (then the part of the Soviet Union) exploded, resulting in one of the worst nuclear disasters in the world. The incident caused several environmental and health impacts. The region is not yet considered safe for habitations because of the long-lived radiations.
3.) 9/11 U.S Attacks
On September 11, 2001, the series of four intelligently-planned, coordinated attacks by the Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda on the United States annihilated the sense of safety among the U.S citizens. Nearly 3,000 people were killed with over 6,000 injured. A loss of $10 billion in property and infrastructure was caused. The attack still irks the U.S economy.
4.) MV Doña Paz: Largest Non-Military Loss
On December 20, 1987, A Philippine registered passenger ferry while travelling from Leyte island in Manila, the capital of the Philippine, sank after colliding with an oil tanker, named, MT Vector. Around 4,375 people died due to this collision resulting in one of the worst ferry disaster.
5.) The Bhopal gas tragedy
The Bhopal disaster or Bhopal gas tragedy was a gas leak incident that took place in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh in India. On 3 December 1984, at the Union Carbide India Limited, the plant released 42 tonnes poisonous gas, methyl isocyanate (MIC) that spread through the entire city. The after effects of this incident is a nightmare and still continues to haunt the citizens. A great number of people died, while the survivors suffered too many injuries. Even today, a large number of people there are suffering from cancer, breathing difficulties, birth-defects and many other complications which make this accident as ‘World’s most tragic disaster’.