Natural disasters in China left 104,000
people dead or missing from 2005 to 2010, the greatest number of such fatalities
in a five-year period since the founding of the People's Republic of China
in 1949, a vice minister of civil affairs has said.
Vice Minister of Civil Affairs Luo Pingfei
told a national meeting on disasters reduction and relief that opened in
Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, Thursday that disasters in the past
five years caused an aggregate economic loss of 2.5 trillion yuan (about
378.8 billion U.S. dollars).
China was rocked by a series of devastating