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Cost of natural disasters in China doubles in 2013

26 February 2014
Natural disasters including droughts, floods and earthquakes cost China Rmb421bn in 2013, nearly double the total for 2012.

Data released by the National Statistics Bureau showed flooding and mudslides cost China Rmb188bn last year, Rmb20bn more than in the previous year. Damage from droughts rose nearly fourfold to Rmb90bn.

“In recent years, China has seen a combination of floods and droughts simultaneously, with the rain belt moving north past the Yangtze River,” said Zhu Congwen, a researcher with the China Academy of Meteorological Sciences.

Some regions in China, such as the southwestern province of Yunnan, are in their third year of serious droughts.

     
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