Drought in China affecting 8.37 million people

July 27, 2013 at 11:19 AM

GUIYANG, China, July 27 (UPI) -- Persistent drought in southwest China's Guizhou province has affected more than 8.37 million people, local officials said.

The dry weather has lingered in the region since mid-June, affecting 61 counties, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported Friday.

More than 1.3 million acres of farmland have been affected, causing an economic loss of $522 million, local officials said.

Provincial government officials have allocated $3.1 million for drought relief.

The dry weather is expected to remain through Aug. 5.

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