GENEVA, June 22 (AFP) - Natural
disasters killed 52,850 people in 1998, including 34,300 in Asia alone,
the United Nations said on Tuesday.
A total of 707 catastrophes were recorded
last year, according to a UN report, at least 50 of which were considered
They caused some 93 billion dollars (89
billion euros) in damage, with only 15.387 billion dollars (14.8 billion
euros) of that covered by insurance, the report said.
Storms were responsible for 47 percent
of the deaths, while flooding caused 26 percent, many of them due to the