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U.S. state of Illinois sees over 70 percent of land in extreme drought

CHICAGO, July 27 — More than 70 percent of land in the U.S. state of Illinois is suffering from extreme drought, according to a report released on Thursday.

Illinois is one of the hardest-hit states in the current drought, said the U.S. Drought Monitor report, adding that the drought in the nation's midsection is intensifying without signs of abating.

The percentage of Illinois land in extreme or exceptional drought ballooned from 8 percent last week to roughly 71 percent this week, the report said. Additionally, the severity is worsening.

The report also showed that the proportion of U.S. land classified in extreme or exceptional drought has jumped to more than 20 percent, up 7 percent from last week.

According to local media reports, more than 63 percent of the continental United States is in some stage of drought, an unseen situation since the Drought Monitor started in 1999. (PNA/Xinhua) FPV/ebp

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