A natural disaster is the consequence of a natural hazard (e.g. volcanic eruption, earthquake, landslide) which moves from potential in to an active phase, and as a result affects human activities. In some cases these disasters have lead to the loss of millions of lives. This is a list of the top 10 natural disasters (ranked by number of fatalities).
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 $390 million in 2002 to 1.40 billion $ 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.