Death toll from natural disasters in China down in February

Natural disasters caused fewer deaths in China last month, with the death toll, missing population and number of collapsed houses dropping significantly, official data showed.

In February, around 216,000 people nationwide were affected by various natural disasters, with two killed and more than 4,000 houses damaged, said the Ministry of Emergency Management.

The death toll and missing population decreased by 50 percent from the same period in the past five years.

Flooding. /VCG

Flooding. /VCG

Meanwhile, the direct economic losses stood at 360 million yuan (about 52.2 million U.S. dollars), down 29 percent from the same period in the past five years, the data showed.

China was mainly hit by low temperatures, snow disasters and hailstorms last month, while forest fires and earthquakes  occurred to various extents.

Low temperature. /VCG

Low temperature. /VCG

Low temperatures and snow disasters affected 96,000 people in 11 provincial-level regions, resulting in a direct economic loss of 210 million yuan, while three earthquakes of magnitude 5 or above occurred in Chinese mainland, with smallest impacts and losses compared with the same period in the past five years.

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Source(s): Xinhua News Agency