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Deadliest natural disasters of 2018
Natural disasters kill 218, cost VN $860m
Natural disasters have killed 218 people and caused a total loss of VNĐ20 trillion (US$860 million) to the country this year.
Although the number of fatalities and damage was much lower than both in 2016 and 2017, natural disasters have still caused serious destruction to the country this year.
Nguyễn Xuân Cường, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development cum head of the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disasters Prevention and Control, made the statement at a meeting yesterday.
The meeting was organised to summarise the achievements and failures of natural-disaster management this year as well as setting tasks for next year.
Statistics from the ministry showed that natural disasters killed 386 people and caused damage of nearly VNĐ60 trillion ($2.58 billion) in 2017. In 2016, 264 people died and damage of nearly VNĐ 40 trillion ($1.72 billion) was recorded…
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