A total of 881 people in China died and 98 others went missing in 2017 because of natural disasters, including floods, typhoons, droughts and earthquakes, the Ministry of Civil Affairs has announced.
The briefing also said the natural disasters in 2017 were notably less severe than the average for the past five years, with the crop area affected and direct economic losses falling by over 20%.
Natural disasters affected 140 million people in total, causing 5.25 million to be relocated during emergencies and leaving 1.7 million in need of emergency relief, reported the Xinhua News Agency citing a ministry statement.
Altogether 18.5 million hectares of crops were affected by the disasters and 1.8 million hectares failed, causing direct economic losses of CNY302 billion (US$48 billion), according to the ministry.
Around 153,000 houses were toppled in the disasters and 312,000 seriously damaged.
During the year, floods and geological disasters affected 69.5 million people nationwide, killing 674, while typhoons affected 5.9 million people, killing 35, the ministry said.
Drought hit 9.87 million hectares of crops across the country, inducing direct economic losses of CNY37.5 billion.
A major weather event last year was Typhoon Hato which caused economic damage in China, Hong Kong and Macau, estimated at US$3 billion by Aon Benfield.