Warning over rising geological disasters

 Mudslides in Jiangxi province on June 20, 2001

Mudslides in Jiangxi province on June 20, 2001

China, the nation worst hit by geological disasters such as earthquakes and landslides, is bracing for even more in the future, the Ministry of Land and Resources warned on Tuesday.

„China is facing a grave situation,“ said Tian Tingshan, deputy director of the Center for Geological Disaster Emergency Technical Guidance.

Tian said that apart from large earthquakes, geological disasters including landslides and mudslides have become the most damaging disasters in the country.

According to statistics from the ministry, China has suffered 329,000 geological disasters since 1998, leaving 13,925 people dead or missing and causing property losses of more than 61 billion yuan ($9.6 billion).