China’s 2006 natural disasters killed over 3,000

Natural disasters including typhoons, floods and droughts killed 3,186 people in China in 2006, the death toll rising 28.7% on the previous year, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

Natural disasters damaged some 41 million hectares of farmland and destroyed more than 1.9 million houses, causing direct economic losses of 252.8 billion yuan (US$33 billion).

China experienced its warmest year in 2006 since 1951, and was lashed by a series of deadly typhoons and rainstorms.

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