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Thursday, October 09, 2003
:: Xinhuanet - English ::: "Natural disasters claim 1,911 lives this year 2003-10-09 13:45:08

BEIJING, Oct. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- Vice-Minister of Civil Affairs Yang Yanyin said Wednesday that natural disasters this year have killed 1,911 people across the country and caused direct economic losses of 151.4 billion yuan (US$18.3 billion).
The country has encountered a series of serious natural disasters this year, with one of the most recent being the flooding of the Huaihe River during late June and early July.
That was the most serious flooding of the river since 1954, and caused great damage in East China's Jiangsu and Anhui provinces and Central China's Henan Province.
More than 50 million hectares of farmland have been affected by all sorts of natural disasters across the country, as well as the collapsing of 2.6 million houses and the evacuation of 6.3 million people. "

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