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China: Natural disasters cause economic losses of $98 billion in 2013

December 31, 2013 - 6:00am

Natural disasters in China have caused economic losses of up to 592.96 billion Chinese yuan ($97.8 billion) and killed 1,181 people as of Dec. 13, the country's Ministry of Civil Affairs said in a report.

In response to the various disasters during the year, 49 warning or emergency responses were issued by the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the National Committee for Disaster Reduction, Xinhua reported.

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