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Disasters Have Significantly Damaged China’s Economy

According to a white paper on disaster relief that the State Council Information Office released on May 11, 2009, changes in China’s climate, economic growth and urbanization are placing increasing pressure on the country’s resources and the environment. On average, from 1990 to 2008, about 300 million people every year were affected, 3 million houses collapsed, 9 million people were re-located, and direct economic damages reached more than 200 billion Yuan. According to the white paper, the 1998 flood of the Yangtze River, the 2006 Sichuan draught, the Huai River flood in 2007, the freezing rain and snow disaster in southern China in 2008 and the Wenchuan earthquake on May 12, 2008, were particularly damaging. 

Source: State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China, May 11, 2009