Drought

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Worst harvest in 40 years as drought affects 1.2 million, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is enduring its worst drought in decades and worst harvest in 40 years, affecting more than 1.2 million people. Of them, over 600 000 are children. Sri Lanka's government said over 1.2 million people have been affected by drought which began last...

March 14, 2017

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Hundreds dying from hunger as severe drought grips Somalia

110 people have died from hunger in the past 48 hours in just one region of Somalia as severe drought gripped the country, causing hunger crisis. The death toll was announced by prime minister Hassan Ali Khaire today and it comes from the Bay region in the southwest...

March 04, 2017

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Large wildfire engulfs Valparaiso, Chile

A massive wildfire engulfed the Chilean port city of Valparaiso on January 2, 2017. At least 100 homes have been destroyed, more than 400 people were evacuated and 19 injured. City authorities have issued a maximum red alert. The blaze broke out in the Laguna Verde...

January 03, 2017

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Switzerland experienced driest December since 1864

With an average of just 2 mm (0.079 inches) of precipitation, the Swiss lowlands (from Lake Geneva to Lake Constance) experienced their driest December since records began in 1864. In the region's west, there was no precipitation at all. "In the long-term...

January 03, 2017

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Deadly floods hit drought-stricken Bolivia

Several areas of drought-stricken Bolivia received heavy rain over the past couple of days, leading to flooding which claimed lives of at least 4 deaths. As of December 5, national authorities reported that three people have been killed in Cochabamba department. The...

December 07, 2016

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State of emergency in Bolivia amid worst drought in 25 years

South American country of Bolivia is experiencing its worst drought in 25 years, state officials said and declared a state of emergency on Monday, November 21, 2016. The government declared the state of emergency due to water shortages in large swaths of the...

November 22, 2016

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Severe wildfires spreading across the Southeast US

Persistent drought conditions in the Southeast US have caused wildfires across the states. Numerous people were forced to evacuate their homes throughout the affected regions. Kentucky and Tennessee reported the highest wildfire numbers. According to the national...

November 15, 2016

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Sierra Nevada not expected to restore its snowpack to pre-drought levels before 2019

A new research, resulting from the analysis of a 31-year span of NASA's Landsat satellite data, suggests the snowpack of Sierra Nevada will not return to its pre-drought levels before 2019. The datasets from the period between the 1985 and 2015, have resulted in...

June 27, 2016

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British Columbia expects another drought year, Canada

The British Columbia, Canada is set to experience another year of severe drought. The hot weather conditions have caused the fall of the snow coverage across the mountain regions, and water levels have receded well below the average for this time of the year....

June 24, 2016

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Lake Mead reaches record low for the second year in a row, US

The surface level of Lake Mead at the Hoover Dam stood at 327.36 m (1 074.03 feet) above sea level on May 25, 2016. The last time it was this low was in 1937, when water managers were still filling the reservoir and putting finishing touches on the Hoover Dam. The...

June 02, 2016

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330 million affected by severe drought and water shortage across India

Southern and Eastern India are struggling with the consequences of severe drought caused by an early season heat wave and the lack of relief from monsoon rain. Dangerously high temperatures have so far claimed over 160 lives while 330 million people are affected by...

April 20, 2016

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Drought followed by severe food shortage in Malawi

Peter Mutharika, the President of Malawi, South Africa, declared a state of national disaster over a severe food shortage triggered by drought, on April 13, 2016. The recent drought episode in South Africa is thought to be the worst one in the last 100 years. Severe...

April 14, 2016

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Three failed rainy seasons result in worst drought in 50 years, Ethiopia

Three failed rainy seasons have resulted in Ethiopia's worst drought in 50 years. The number of food insecure people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance has rapidly increased; from 2.9 million at the beginning of 2015 to over 10 million in March 2016. Over...

April 08, 2016

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Shasta Lake water levels recovered after 4 years of extreme drought, California

After four years of extreme drought, the largest water reservoir in California - Shasta Lake - has recovered and now holds 109% of its long-term average supply for this time of year. Shasta Lake has stood as a potent symbol of the water shortage during those four...

April 08, 2016

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Drought causes large road collapse north of Bangkok, Thailand

Just days after a truck got pulled into a huge crack on a road north of Bangkok, Thailand another large collapse occurred on the same road today. The crack stretches almost 120 meters (400 feet) and is 4 meters (13 feet) deep. Officials said severe drought caused...

April 04, 2016

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Palau could completely dry up this month, officials warn

Palau officials have warned today the country could completely dry up this month. The Pacific country, with about 18 000 people, declared the state of emergency last month due to one of the worst droughts in its history and is now asking for urgent aid. President...

April 04, 2016

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Venezuela shutting down due to energy crisis, again

According to a government statement published this week in a state-run newspaper, the entire Venezuela will be given a week off to cope with yet another crippling energy crisis. The measure is not new; the same happened in 2010 when the first electricity crisis hit....

March 18, 2016