August 2001 Disasters

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff
  • Aug. 1, Nias Island, off western Sumatra, Indonesia: Flooding and landslides caused by heavy rains swept away entire villages and killed at least 31 people.
  • Aug. 16, nr. Katpadi, Tamil Nadu, India: Explosion ripped through a government-owned dynamite factory, killing 20 people.
  • Aug. 18, Quezon City, Philippines: Hotel fire killed 72 people, including some members of an evangelical Christian group from the United States who were attending a conference. It was the deadliest hotel fire ever in the Philippines.

See also Major Earthquakes Around the World 2001

See also Recent Volcanic Activity

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