Drought in Louisiana State

Continued drought has caused severe crop losses in most of the state of Louisiana, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.

Drought has damaged corn, cotton, rice, soybean, sweet potatoes and other crops, said the department, which announced Wednesday that 36 parishes in the state had been designated as primary disaster areas and another six parishes as secondary disaster areas.

In addition, a number of counties in Arkansas and Mississippi, and nine in Texas were also declared contiguous natural disaster areas because of the drought, the department said. (PNA/Xinhua)

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