By The Associated Press,  August 10, 2017 

BELGRADE, Serbia — Evidence is piling up that this year’s sizzling summer in central and south eastern Europe has decimated crops, drained rivers and hurt the animal world.

As the drought’s costs become clearer, temperatures in Serbia, Romania, Hungary and Croatia were expected to reach 39 degrees Celsius again on Thursday following a few days of less oppressive heat.

The region is enduring one of the hottest and driest summers in years, during which several people have died and dozens of wildfires have flared. The drought has also ratcheted up demand for water and electricity.

 

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