Drought

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More than 560 000 affected by drought, Sri Lanka starts creating artificial rain

Prolonged dry weather and resulting severe drought is affecting more than 560 000 people in Sri Lanka, forcing authorities to start continual artificial rainmaking. According to the Disaster Management Center, authorities have launched programmes to expedite supply...

April 11, 2019

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10 million people in Afghanistan face severe acute food insecurity after floods and drought

10 million people in Afghanistan (population 35 million) are facing severe acute food insecurity following 3 years of drought and recent floods. Three years of drought have contributed to massive crop failure, economic hardship, hunger and loss of life, forcing 266...

March 28, 2019

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Sierra Nevada snowpack at record level, doubles in February, California

Four days of heavy snowfall came to an end on February 28, 2019, leaving statewide snowpack at 153% of normal. Snow depths and water content equaled California's all-time record level for February. While most of the state's reservoirs are at or above 100% of...

March 05, 2019

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Large earth cracks and massive sinkholes opening across drought-hit Iran

Massive fissures and sinkholes are appearing in and around Iranian capital Tehran and authorities are now openly admitting the area around Tehran is literally sinking. Huge fissures and sinkholes are also opening across the country, threatening homes, roads, oil...

January 28, 2019

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Intense storm hits California, at least 6 fatalities, 280 000 customers without power

A powerful storm has swept over parts of the West Coast U.S. this week, wreaking havoc across California on January 16 and 17, 2019. At least 6 fatalities have been reported. The storm downed trees and power lines all around Northern California, causing evacuations...

January 18, 2019

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Severe drought blamed for sharp decline in economy, exports of soy and corn, Argentina

The economy in Argentina declined sharply in the second quarter of 2018 as the country suffers its worst drought in decades and a steep decline in exports of soy and corn. Argentina was once the world's top exporter of soy and corn. According to the national...

September 20, 2018

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European vegetable sector in most serious crisis since 1978

The European vegetable processing sector raised concerns last month about potential losses to crop quantity and quality as a result of the very hot summer and prolonged drought conditions in all leading European production regions. Today, these regions have been...

August 08, 2018

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Severe drought affecting 40% of Inner Mongolia, China

A persistent drought is affecting as much as 40% of China's remote northwestern region of Inner Mongolia, causing over US$91 million in direct economic losses. The regional weather bureau said Inner Mongolia has seen 25% less rainfall since mid-June and is...

June 28, 2018

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Drought in Afghanistan affecting over million people

Afghanistan faces the threat of serious drought this year after recording the lowest snowfall and rain in years over the 2017/18 winter, officials said on April 23, 2018. At least 22 of 34 provinces are already suffering badly. In a statement released by the United...

April 25, 2018

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Extreme drought ends in Portugal after second wettest March since 1931

After devastating drought which left rivers nearly dry, sparked deadly wildfires and wreaked havoc on country's agriculture, the country is now officially out of drought, officials said. The conditions started changing rapidly at the beginning of March. Nearly...

April 03, 2018

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Drought in Argentina and Uruguay, the most expensive weather disaster of 2018

After a severe lack of rainfall during the summer of 2017/18, parts of Argentina and Uruguay are now suffering their worst drought in decades and the most expensive weather-related disaster on the planet so far this year. This is also the most expensive disaster in...

April 03, 2018

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Dzud kills more than 700 000 animals so far this year, Mongolia

More than 700 000 animals have died in Mongolia this year due to dzud, a brutal natural disaster unique to Mongolia where a summer drought combines with a harsh winter and vast numbers of livestock die from either starvation or cold. As of March 7, snowfall covered...

March 13, 2018

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Second-driest January in India since record-keeping began 1901

India has just experienced its second-driest January since record-keeping began in 1901 with just 2.9 mm (0.1141 inches) of rain recorded. That's 85 percent less than the country normally sees in January. The normal January rain across India is 19.2 mm (0.75...

February 02, 2018

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Worst drought in over a century, severe water crisis continues in South Africa

Southern provinces of South Africa are still under their worst drought in over a century. While the crisis in Western Cape Province and Cape Town's 'Day Zero' - the day when they run out of tap water - are making headlines in both national and...

January 26, 2018

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Drought in Somalia kills up to 75% of livestock, pre-famine alert issued

Severe drought is having a devastating impact on people in the Horn of Africa. 750 000 people have been newly displaced just in Somalia. For agropastoralists in Somalia losing their animals is a telltale sign of trouble ahead. In many parts of the country, rains...

November 15, 2017

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DR Congo: One of the most severe cholera epidemics in years continues

Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian organization, has treated more than 18 000 cholera patients across the Democratic Republic of Congo this year. One of the main reasons why cholera has increased in such a way this year is the drought that has...

October 27, 2017

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Severe drought devastating southern European crops

One of the worst droughts in recent decades is devastating southern European crops. Just this year, the damage is estimated to more than 1 billion euros. In Italy, around 30% less rain has fallen this year, compared with last year. Grains have been particularly...

July 20, 2017