By human death toll, for this century, I would say the Indonesian tsunami December 26, 2004 which killed about 444,000 people.
For last century, there were apparently floods in China from July to November in 1931 which killed between one and four MILLION people!
I would say global climate change, but that’s not a “natural” disaster, imo.
The number of natural disasters in the past hundred or so years have been numerous and were all terribly horrible.
In 1991, massive flooding from heavy rain took the lives of over 2,000 people in China, swept away more than 1,000,000 homes, and seriously affected the lives of over 200 million people.
In North Korea, between 1995 and 1998, some 3 million people died from famine and floods.
Between 1981 and 1984, a drought dried up rivers and lakes in Africa, causing 20,000 people to starve to death each month.
An earthquake in 1976 hit Tangshan, China destroying 90% of buildings and taking the lives of 255,000 to 655,000 people. It took ten years to rebuild the city.
The earthquake and tsunami of 2004 affecting the south asian nations, took between 235,000 and 285,000 lives.
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