Geological disasters killed 97 in China this year

July 20th, 2011 - 6:04 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, July 20 (IANS) A total of 97 people died while 13 went missing in geological disasters that occurred in China in the first half of this year, a government report said.

The ministry of land and resources said these disasters - 10,710 in total - also incurred an economic loss of around 939 million yuan (approximately $145 million), Xinhua reported.

The number of geological disasters, including landslides, mud-rock flows and land cave-ins, dropped during the first six months compared to the the same period last year, said Wang Min, vice minister of land and resources.

The ministry, however, warned that the July-September period is the peak time for such disasters, and droughts endured by many parts of the country make mud-rock flows and landslides more likely to happen.

From 2006 to 2010, around 214,000 geological disasters occurred in China, which left 6,293 people dead or missing.

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