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9 floods of biblical proportion

By: Bryan Nelson on July 3, 2013, 12:38 p.m.
The Indus River

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Indus River flood of 1841

The largest flood in modern recorded history, in terms of discharge, occurred in 1841 on the Indus River. It was caused by a landslide that had blocked the river, resulting in a natural dam. The water behind the dam mounted until the dam failed, causing a torrent which rushed through at an estimated 540,000 cubic meters per second.

Anything downstream of this deluge would have been completely washed away. In fact, a Sikh army, fighting in the Sino-Sikh War, was reportedly drowned by these waters as far as 300 miles downstream from the original breach.