Officials in China's Shanxi province changed the drought warning color from blue to yellow, which indicates an advancement in its severity level, Xinhua, the state-run Chinese news agency, reported.
Provincial flood control and drought relief officials said Shanxi had only received 0.8 inches of rain since October, less than half the 2 inches of rain that fell during the same period a year ago.
Xinhua said a total of 5.1 million acres of farmland across the bone-dry province have been affected, including 1.34 million acres of crops. With the bump-up of the warning level, the Shanxi provincial government says it will allocate $1.47 million to subsidize operations to fight the drought.
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