Drought since mid-June has left about 5.95 million people short of water in 13 provincial-level areas across China, according to a Ministry of Civil Affairs report Monday.
As of 9 a.m. Monday, about 4.03 million people were in need of government assistance, the report said.
The drought has caused direct economic losses of 12.1 billion yuan (1.98 billion U.S. dollars) and affected about 2.09 million hectares of farmland, leading to nearly 350,000 hectares unharvestable, according to the ministry.
The drought has also left 1.72 million livestock short of water, the report added. [emphasis mine]
China Central Meteorological Bureau is continuing to issue the second highest orange heat alert across the country.
It’s the worst heat wave to hit China in 140 years, leaving dozens of people dead. In southern China, temperatures are expected to climb up to 39 degrees Celsius.
And in Central Zhejiang and Fujian Provinces, temperatures could reach as high as 41 degrees Celsius. [emphasis mine]