Bhopal Gas Tragedy To Morbi Bridge Collapse: Top 10 Accidents And Disasters In India By Death Toll

Gujarat’s Morbi Bridge Collapse shocked the nation which cost lives of 150+ people.
Morbi Bridge recently underwent renovation and opened to the public on the occasion of Diwali. According to various reports the renovator of the Morbi bridge had not taken safety certificate before the opening of the bridge after repairs, which led to a horrific accident.

This is not the first time in India that someone’s irresponsibility caused a disaster and took the lives of innocent people. There are a ‘n’ number of incidents that shook the nation and here are Top 10 Accidents And Disasters In India By Death Toll.

1. Prayag Kumbh Mela Stampede in Allahabad (1954) – 820 Deaths & 100+ Injured

Kumbh Mela stampede occurred in 1954 at Kumbh Mela on 3 February 1954 in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh state. With more than 5 Million pilgrims at the Kumbh Mela, the Stampede occurred as event organizers, government failed to follow simple crowd controlling measures.

Prayag Kumbh Mela Stampede led to the death of 820 people & 100+ Injured in this religious chaos.

2. Machchhu dam failure or Morbi disaster (1979) – Estimated Deaths Of 1800 – 5 Lakhs

The first dam on the Machchhu river, named Machchhu I, was built in 1959. After 20 years of construction Machchhu dam failed after excessive rains & heavy floods damaged the farms, villages and took the lives of `1800-25,000. The major reason behind this dam failure is increasing the capacity of the spillway by 4 times.

Morbi dam failure was listed as the worst dam burst in the Guinness World Records.

3. Chasnala Mining Disaster (1975) – Estimated Deaths 375+ Including Miners & Mining Officers

Chasnala mining disaster happened on 27th Of December In 1975. A coal mine in Chasnala near Dhanbad in the Indian state of Jharkhan weakened the wall between the mine pit and another. The miners were killed by debris, drowning, and the force of the flood after the mistake of 4 IISCO officials negligence who were sentenced to jail.

The floods in mine took the lives of 375+ Miners and it was India’s deadliest mining accident.

4. Bhopal Gas Tragedy Or Bhopal Disaster (1984) – Estimated Death Toll 10,000+ & Non-Fatal 558,125

Bhopal Gas Tragedy Or Bhopal Disaster (1984) is the world’s worst Industrial disaster ever that happened on the night of 2–3 December 1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) leakage in the Industry caused 10,000+ deaths, 558,125 injuries, including 38,478 temporary injuries & approx 3,900 severely and permanently disabling injuries.

Bhopal Gas Tragedy is the biggest man-made disaster in the World.

5. Lalita Park Building Collapse (2010)- 67 Deaths & 80+ Injured

The 15 year old Lalita Park building in Lakshmi Nagar, Delhi collapsed while construction on the 5th floor. The building was 2 floors higher than legally allowed and later weekend by floods in the area.

At least 67 were killed and 80+ injured in this building collapse caused by man-made mistake and negligence.

6. 2016 Kolkata Flyover Collapse (2009) – 27 Deaths & 50+ Injured

The 2.2 Kilometer road flyover collapsed on completion on 31st March 2016, it took the lives of pedestrians and people with vehicles underneath the bridge. On 1 April 2016, the Hyderabad based construction company IVRCL was charged with murder, under section 302 as collapse took the lives of 27 people & 50+ injured severely.

7. 2011 AMRI Hospital fire, Kolkata (2011) – 89 Deaths & 80+ Injured with burns

Fire broke out at AMRI hospital in Kolkata taking the lives of 89 people and almost 80+ injured with severe burns. Fire was caught after a short circuit and it spread after illegal storage of flammable material in the basement of the hospital.

8. 2019 Delhi Factory Fire – 43 Deaths & 50+ Injured

The fire occurred at a factory building in Anaj Mandi of Delhi. Nearly 100+ people sleeping in the factory were trapped by the fire and there was no way to escape. The fire took the lives of 43 people and more than 56 were injured.

Nearly 60+ were rescued by the 150+ state fire police department involved in the rescue operation.


9. Vizag Gas Leak (2020) – 11 Deaths & 1000+ Non-Fatal

The gas leakage at the LG Polymers chemical plant in the R. R. Venkatapuram village of Gopalapatnam at the outskirts of Visakhapatnam. Leakage happened after the technical blunder as the company was re-opened after post covid.

The fumes spread over a 3Km radius and caused the death of 11 people and 1000 people nearby. Around 200-250 families were rescued, evacuated from villages near to the plant.

10. Morbi Bridge Collapse – Estimated Death Toll 150*

And the recent Morbi Bridge Collapse that shocked the nation took the lives of 150+ people and the count is still going. Morbi Bridge Collapse is a 100 year old bridge that underwent some major repairs and renovations before Diwali.

And the major reason for this accident is the renovator had not taken the safety certificate and clearance from concerned authorities after renovation and opened it.

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