From News Guangdong:
This year’s series of natural disasters have so far killed 1,699 people in China and left another 415 missing, the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) revealed on Thursday (Aug. 10th).
A total of 300 million people have been affected by a slew of natural disasters this year, with losses totaling more than 130 billion yuan (16.25 billion U.S. dollars), said Jiang Yiman, deputy director of RCSC.
“About 5 million houses and more than 32 million hectares of farmland have been destroyed,” Jiang said, adding that the statistics had been verified by the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
China’s southern areas have been reeling under the effect of typhoon-driven heavy rains in the past month. [Full Text]