855 mn Chinese disaster victims helped by government

Last Updated: Sun, Oct 14, 2012 10:40 hrs

Beijing, Oct 14 (IANS) Around 855 million people affected by natural disasters in China have received assistance from the government over the last decade, the ministry of civil affairs has said.

Emergency aid and reconstruction for major natural disasters that occurred over the last decade have been completed, the China Daily quoted the ministry as saying.

The government investment in disaster reduction allowances jumped from 2.4 billion yuan (about $390 million) in 2002 to 8.6 billion yuan in 2011, ministry officials said.

Those who lost their homes due to natural disasters received in allowances a sum of 10,000 yuan per household, up from 300 yuan per household in 2002, the ministry said.

Multiple droughts, earthquakes and floods have hit several parts of China over the last decade, including severe earthquakes that struck Sichuan and Qinghai provinces in 2008 and 2010, respectively.

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