Worst of 2000
The Indian Ocean earthquake and Tsunami was the worst disaster of the 2000's due to its loss of human life, economic impact, and immense destruction of the environment. The devastating waves killed over 230,000 people, and some of them were never found. This tragic loss of human life hit relatively small fishing towns, nearly eradicating entire city populations. Not only were lives lost, but so were the buildings and boats. Since the world came together and donated over 14 billion dollars to the relief funds the economic impact was not crippling, but without those donations, the developing countries such as Sri Lanka and Indonesia would still feel the economic impacts today. While the economic was relatively small, the environmental impact is still felt today. The habitats effected will not recover for many years. This unpreventable disaster ended a quarter million lives, destroyed cities that have not been rebuilt to this day, and has left an everlasting effect on the environment it destroyed--making it the worst disaster of the 2000's.