BEIJING, Dec 31, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX)
-- Natural calamities caused 3,155 human deaths in China in 2006, the highest
figure since 1998, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
Typhoons, floods, landslides and hailstorms
all battered China this year.
"Tropical storm Bilis caused 848
human deaths while typhoon Saomai took 483 lives," said a report from
Bilis and Saomai fatalities accounted
for 42.2 percent of the total death toll in natural calamities in 2006.
According to the report, eastern, southern