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Natural disasters take their toll

NATURAL disasters, mainly droughts, gales, hailstorms, floods and landslides, caused 40 deaths and left seven missing in May, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

Floods, including landslides and mud-rock flow, caused 80 percent of the deaths. Four of the fatalities were caused by forest fires, the ministry said. The disasters last month affected 22.5 million people and about 126,000 people were relocated by the government, it said.


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