HANGZHOU, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Continuous heat waves have lingered in east China's provinces of Zhejiang and Anhui, affecting crops and causing significant economic losses.
More than 77,000 hectares of farmland in Zhejiang's capital of Hangzhou have been damaged, causing economic losses totaling 646 million yuan (105.6 millon U.S. dollars), according to the municipal bureau of agriculture.
In neighboring Anhui, over 693,000 hectares of farmland have been affected, according to statistics from the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.
The Anhui provincial civil affairs department said the drought has affected 2.98 million local residents and left 119,000 people short of drinking water, as well as direct economic losses of 1 billion yuan.
Central China's Hunan Province has also suffered from hot weather. A lingering drought in the province triggered an invasion of locusts in mid-July, damaging over 20,000 hectares of bamboo forest, according to the provincial forestry department.
In southwest China's Guizhou Province, 55 counties have been severely affected by persistent droughts that have dried up 140 reservoirs, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.