The Yellow River flood was a three-part flood that occurred in 1887, 1931, and 1938; collectively, the disaster claimed approximately two million lives and left 80 million families homeless. The first flooding occurred on September 28, 1887, and between 1 to 2 million people died.
The most destructive was the one of August 1931. It covered 42,000 square miles, 34,000 of which were covered entirely, while 8000 square miles were partially submerged.
- The Yellow River is the longest in China, measuring 3,395 miles (5,464 kilometers).
- The Yellow River gets its name from the surrounding regions where it collects yellow sediments.
- After the Yellow River flood, China began the flood control program, and since 1945, there has never been another flood like that one.
- Westerners dubbed the Yellow River "China's sorrow" owing to the destruction caused by the floods.
- In four millennia, the Yellow River has flooded 1593 times.
- Before the 1887 flood, the Yellow River banked over 23 meters higher than the surrounding region; when it broke its banks, the damage was insurmountable.