China: Provinces Invest In Disaster Prevention

Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, Chongqing and Hunan are areas highly vulnerable to geological disasters after July, when the flood season peaks. About 97 people were killed and 49 injured in the first half of the year, causing direct economic losses of about 939 million yuan ($144 million), according to the statistics. Wei Hong, executive deputy governor of Sichuan province, said at the conference that 2 billion yuan will be invested this year in improving the local geological disaster prevention system.