Drought kills 5.6 mn trees in US state

Houston, Feb 16 - An estimated 5.6 million trees were killed by last year's devastating drought in the US state of Texas, authorities said Wednesday.

The estimates also mean that as much as 10 percent of the state's urban forest was wiped out during the drought, according to Texas Forest Service.

"This estimate is preliminary because trees are continuing to die from the drought," said Pete Smith, Texas Forest Service staff forester who led the month-long survey of the tree mortality. He said the number may not be known until the end of 2012, reported Xinhua.

The dead trees are in populated areas and will need to be removed out of safety concerns. The estimated cost to remove these trees is $560 million, the agency said.

Texas suffered from the longest dry period on record last year, as wildfires raged through the state and water shortages devastated crop production and livestock herds. An estimated over $5 billion were lost due to the drought. (IANS)

United States: 

Popular Stories

'What's been going on while I've been gone': Obama is back

New York [U.S.], Apr. 25 : A visibly relaxed and... Read More

North Korea cranks the heat, threatens to sink US ship

New York [U.S.], Apr. 24 : In a development bound... Read More

American monitor in Ukraine killed in explosion

New York [U.S.A.], Apr 24 : An American paramedic... Read More

Trump slams 'fake media' over low approval ratings

New York [U.S.], Apr. 24 : Continuing his assault... Read More

US warns North Korea after threat to sink American ship

New York [U.S.], Apr. 24 : Following North Korea's... Read More

Mexico will 'eventually' pay for border wall: Trump

New York [U.S.], Apr. 24 : With the Democrats and... Read More