Natural disasters in China killed over 200 in July

August 7th, 2011 - 10:24 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 7 (IANS) Natural disasters left at least 204 people dead in China in July, according to a latest government report.

Around 25 people went missing in the disasters, Xinhua reported.

Disasters in July inflicted an economic loss worth 43.59 billion yuan (around $6.75 billion), led to the collapse of over 111,000 buildings and forced 809,000 people to evacuate their homes, said the report by the ministry of civil affairs.

A total of 6.96 million hectares of crops were affected by disasters, the report said.

The natural disasters that hit in July were mainly floods, gales and hailstorms, lightning strikes and droughts.

The Inner Mongolia region, Shandong, Sichuan and Shannxi provinces were the hardest hit by floods and landslides.

Deaths caused by lightning strikes accounted for the largest share of the total toll, the report said.

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