BEIJING (July 6) XINHUA - China's
top legislative body, the National People's Congress (NPC), today examined
last year's use of disaster relief funds and equipment.
In 1998, floods, droughts, earthquakes
and other natural disasters hit China at a cost of 300.7 billion yuan (36.3
billion U.S. dollars), and resulted in 5,511 deaths, official figures showed.
In his report to the NPC Committee for
Internal and Judicial Affairs, the Chinese Minister of Civil Affairs Doje
Cering said that the government allocated a total of 8.33 billion yuan