Most of China belong to the Asian monsoon climate zone, and
the precipitation is affected by the distribution of land and
sea, topography and other factors, and the distribution is very
uneven among regions, seasons and years. It is one of the few
countries with the most typical and the most significant monsoon
climate in the world. China has a vast territory and complex
topography, which has not only the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, known
as the "Roof of the World", but also a large area of desert and
arid and semi-arid areas in Northwest China, the Yangtze River
Basin and its southern region are flood-prone areas, which are one
of the main "climate vulnerable areas" in the world, natural
disasters are frequent, widely distributed with great losses,
which are one of the most serious natural disasters in the world(Fig. 6-1).
China is strongly affected by the monsoon climate with frequent
meteorological disasters, local or regional drought disasters
occur almost every year, on average, about seven Tropical Cyclones
Landed in the eastern coastal areas every year.
Meteorological disasters in China have the following characteristics:
There are rainstorm, floods, droughts, tropical cyclones, frost, low
temperature and other freezing damages, wind and hail, sandstorm and so on.
All the year round, there are meteorological disasters in mountains,
plains, rivers, lakes, seas and the air.
During the 38 years from 1950 to 1988, droughts, floods and typhoons
occurred every year in China, with an average of 7.5 droughts, 5.8
floods and 6.9 tropical cyclones landing in China.
The same kind of disaster often occurs seasonally and year after year.
For example, from 1951 to 1980, there were 14 years of continuous
drought in spring and summer or in summer and autumn in North China.
Continuous generation prominence
Some disasters often occur in the same period, severe convective
weather, such as thunderstorm, hail, gale and tornado, often occurs
in groups from March to May every year.
Significant chain reaction
Weather and climate conditions can often form or cause, aggravate
natural disasters such as floods, debris flows and plant diseases
and insect pests, and produce a chain reaction.
The economic losses caused by meteorological disasters account
for more than 70% of the total economic losses caused by all natural
disasters in China. According to statistics from 1990 to 2004, the
economic losses caused by meteorological disasters in China averaged
176.2 billion yuan per year in the past 15 years, of which 30.7 billion
yuan was lost in 1998. Each year, about 380 million people are affected
by meteorological disasters, resulting in economic losses of about 2%〜6%
of GDP, equivalent to 10%〜20% of GDP added value. The average area
affected by meteorological disasters is over 49.4 million hm² per year,
the affected crops account for 20%〜35% of all crops with about 20
billion kg of grain loss. Meteorological disasters have become one of
the important constraints of sustainable economic and social development
Figure 6-1 Comprehensive sketch map of main meteorological disasters distribution in China (1961-2006)