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China says forest fires kill 33 so far this year

Forest fires have killed 33 people and destroyed 380,000 hectares (3,800 square kilometres) of woods in China in the first eight months of the year, state media said, as the country battles prolonged drought in certain areas.
Although the death toll was a third lower than the average for the same period over the last three years, more than double the area of forests was damaged by fire, Xinhua news agency said in a report.

China's arid north, as well as the usually wetter northeast and southwest, have been battling abnormally dry conditions this year, affecting parts of even the normally lush tropical province of Yunnan.

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