The Russian chief weatherman explained that the figure was made up of the total of possible harm were it not for long-term weather forecasts.
Weather forecasts are vital for enterprises of the fuel-energy complex, the farming sector, air, river and maritime transport, Bedritski said. "The more accurate the weather forecast, the more the economic return", he explained.
Bedritski stressed the importance of informing people of the state of environment. It is important not only to warn of a threat to life or economic damage but also to let people better to get adapted to the changing weather conditions.
"Year in and year out the number of victims of calamities - floods, avalanches, etc. - increases. Everybody from childhood should know that such phenomena exist," he said.
According to the federal weather service, 220 calamities and weather anomalies - floods, showers, avalanches, mud flows, temperatures jumps - were registered in Russia last year.