China's Ministry of Finance said on Tuesday it has allocated 443 million yuan ($61.1 million) for a disaster relief fund to support drought prevention work in seven provinces, including Hebei, Shanxi and Henan.

The fund will be used for works such as watering, replanting and adding fertiliser in areas that are affected by recent heat and a lack of rainfall, it said. ($1 = 7.2557 Chinese yuan) (Reporting by Siyi Liu, Ella Cao and Mei Mei Chu; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)