There is a grave warning message in the worldwide escalation of natural disasters over the past 20 years. But the fatality statistics show, that during the first half of the 20th century, more people died in natural disasters than nowadays. Those were mostly droughts, floods and epidemics. (e.g. there were the China floods in 1931 with an estimated death toll of between 3.7 and 4 million people.) Click to enlarge!