Drought

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Significant loss of livestock in North Korea

Continued heatwaves and minimal rainfall have led to significant loss of livestock in North Korea this summer. The worst affected are South and North Hamgyong provinces and North and South Hwanghae. As of late July, more than 100 000 heads of livestock have died in...

August 20, 2021

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Lake Mead hits record low, triggering its first-ever shortage declaration, U.S.

Water levels at Lake Mead have fallen to record lows this summer, prompting officials to declare the reservoir's first-ever water shortage on August 16, 2021. Lake Mead is a man-made reservoir on the Colorado River formed in the 1930s from damming the river at...

August 18, 2021

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Oroville Reservoir at record low level, California shuts down their second-largest hydroelectric plant

The Oroville Reservoir reached a record low level of 195.66 m (641.93 feet) above mean sea level on August 5, 2021, forcing authorities in California to shut down their second-largest hydroelectric plant. This is now the lowest level since the nation's tallest...

August 06, 2021

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Ahead of historic heatwave - 90 percent of U.S. West is in drought for the first time in Drought Monitor's history

More than 90% of the U.S. West is in drought for the first time in the history of Drought Monitor. The news comes as the region is prepping for an exceptionally dangerous and historic heat wave this weekend. The temperatures are expected to reach unprecedented...

June 25, 2021

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Northern California under water shortage emergency, farmers warn water is unnecessarily let out to sea

Nearly two million people in Northern California have been placed under a water shortage emergency on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, as a severe drought continues to worsen in much of the western U.S. Mandatory water restrictions have been issued for Santa Clara County,...

June 12, 2021

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Drought ravages California reservoirs, record low levels expected this summer

Severe drought has caused California's reservoirs to run low, with Lake Oroville expected to reach a record low later this summer. Nearly three-quarters of the state is suffering from the extreme dry spell, with other areas facing a dire water supply situation...

June 04, 2021

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Brazil experiencing worst dry spell in 91 years, prompting emergency drought alert

Brazil is experiencing its worst dry spell in 91 years, government agencies warned and declared an "emergency drought alert" for June to September as rains are forecast to remain scarce during that period. The country’s Electricity Sector Monitoring...

May 31, 2021

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California - Oregon border faces 'catastrophic' water crisis, irrigation water to farmers shut off

The water crisis along the California - Oregon border has reached catastrophic levels, on course to becoming the worst in generations amid historic drought in the area. Federal regulators have shut off irrigation water to farmers, severely impacting the agricultural...

May 18, 2021

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Worst drought in 40 years hits southern Madagascar

Parts of southern Madagascar are under the worst drought conditions since at least 1981. The region is now in its fifth year of drought which wiped out harvests and hampered access to food. In three months to January 2021, there was less than 50% of the normal...

May 12, 2021

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Lake Cuitzeo, the second-largest lake in Mexico dries up

At the end of April 2021, drought conditions were covering 85 percent of Mexico. Numerous lakes and reservoirs have dried up, or are in the process of drying up, including the country's second-largest body of freshwater -- Lake Cuitzeo. Before the current...

May 11, 2021

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Bay Area under extreme drought and wildfire risk as California dry spell worsens, U.S.

The latest version of the federal United States Drought Monitor map has put much of California's San Francisco Bay area under the extreme drought, as of Thursday, May 6, 2021. The dry conditions also placed almost 3.7 million ha (9.3 million acres) of land under...

May 10, 2021

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Water reservoirs drop to critical levels as Taiwan suffers worst drought on record

Taiwan’s water reservoirs have dropped to critical levels in May 2021 in what is now the country's worst drought in 56 years. The government has allotted money to explore new sources of water and is using geoengineering planes to dump cloud-seeding...

May 10, 2021

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Somalia bracing for record levels of displacement

Somalia is preparing for record levels of displacement this year as severe drought grips parts of the country, leaving tens of thousands of people without access to water and livelihood. In 2020, the main driver for displacement was flooding. In 2019, Somalia saw...

May 07, 2021

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Laguna del Farallón in Veracruz lost 75 percent of its water in several months, Mexico

Laguna del Farallón -- a 180 ha (445 acres) lagoon in Veracruz, Mexico -- has lost 75% of its water over the past several months due to lack of rain and drought. As of April 22, drought conditions are covering 85 percent of Mexico. In Veracruz, 32 of the...

April 26, 2021

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600 large sinkholes open in Turkey's breadbasket amid worsening drought

Huge sinkholes fill the drought-stricken breadbasket areas of Konya, Turkey, posing a challenge for farmers as they look for other means to water their fields, the French Press Agency (AFP) reports. Experts have so far counted around 600 large sinkholes-- nearly...

April 26, 2021

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Drought conditions covering 85 percent of Mexico, lakes and reservoirs drying up

Drought conditions are now covering 85 percent of Mexico in what is described as its worst in 30 years. As of Thursday, April 22, 2021, lakes and reservoirs have been reportedly drying up, including the country's second-largest body of freshwater. According to...

April 23, 2021

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Worst drought in 40 years leads to rising hunger and severe food shortages in Angola

Severe food shortage and hunger are on the rise in Angola as the country is gripped by its worst drought in nearly four decades, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned on March 26, 2021. The rainy season in Angola, which typically runs from November to April, is...

March 30, 2021