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Yangtze region under worst drought in 40 years, agro-production severely affected, China

The middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River in China are now suffering from its most severe drought in 40 years. The ministry in charge of handling natural disasters said that the drought had delayed rapeseed planting in the region. Furthermore, the total...

November 12, 2019

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Over 52 million face hunger crisis due to extreme weather in Africa

More than 52 million in 18 countries across Africa are experiencing up to crisis levels of starvation due to weather extremes worsened by poverty and conflict, according to Oxfam. Some areas are suffering from the second extreme drought in four years, which was...

November 07, 2019

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Western Australia records second-warmest October and driest month in 40 years

According to data provided by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), Western Australia has registered its second-warmest October on record and the driest in 40 years, despite the cool air delivering gusty showers to southwestern parts of the state during the...

November 05, 2019

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Severe drought affects crops and drinking water in east China

A severe drought is plaguing Anhui Province in east China, damaging crops and disrupting drinking water supplies in some of the worst-hit regions, local authorities reported on Friday, November 1, 2019. From August 12 to October 28, the province only received an...

November 04, 2019

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South Africa facing worst drought in 1 000 years

In an interview with news agency eNCA on October 28, 2019, hydrology expert Dr. Gideon Groenewald said South Africa is now experiencing the worst drought in a thousand years. He added that the majority of small towns have already run out of water. Groenewald said...

November 01, 2019

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Hunger levels in Horn of Africa rise as region experiences driest summer in over 35 years

Save the Children raised warning over a major emergency in the Horn of Africa as at least 13 million people will continue to face starvation following poor rainfall that affected crops, livestock, and livelihood. The area is now experiencing its driest summer since...

October 14, 2019

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Worst drought in 60 years kills at least 106 000 farm animals in Chile

Approximately 106 000 farm animals have perished so far due to drought in Chile, reports confirmed on October 5, 2019. This year's dry spell is the country's worst in six decades, leaving crops destroyed and dead animals in the field. According to the...

October 08, 2019

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Worst drought in 90 years hits Namibia, over 61 000 cattle and other livestock perish

Severe drought is affecting Namibia, causing deaths of more than 41 000 cattle over a period of ten months, reports showed on October 3, 2019. Officials describe it as the worst drought in 90 years. More than 60 000 livestock have perished due to extreme drought...

October 03, 2019

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Mekong River drops to lowest level in 100 years

Southeast Asia’s Mekong River, one of the longest rivers in the world, has dropped to its lowest level in 100 years due to severe drought, sand-mining, and upstream dam developments, causing threats to the food supply and livelihood of nearby inhabitants....

September 03, 2019

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Zambia on the verge of starvation as country struggles from worst drought since 1981

Zambia is prompted to declare a food-insecurity emergency as the country faces the worst drought since 1981. Reports show that parts of the Southern Africa region, particularly huge areas in Southern and Western Zambia received the lowest seasonal rainfall from...

September 02, 2019

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Another lake dries up in Lacandon Jungle, Mexico

Another lake in the Lacandon Jungle, state of Chiapas, Mexico dried up completely this month. Natives say it also dried up in 1950s. The Metzabok Lake used to cover 89 hectares (220 acres) before it evaporated this month, leaving nothing but cracked soil. Residents...

August 31, 2019

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Historic severe drought wreaks havoc in parts of Thailand

Historic severe drought has so far affected 32 000 ha (70 073 acres) of rice crops in Thailand's Phimai district. Officials observed the situation in the district and found rice on 32 000 ha (79 073 acres) have wilted and are on the verge of dying as various...

July 22, 2019

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Severe drought leaves 1.2 million ha (2.9 million acres) of crops damaged - Shandong, China

Severe drought is affecting east China's Shandong province, causing massive crop damage. The latest statistics show extensive damage to 1.19 million ha (2.9 million acres) of crops, up from 656 667 ha (1.6 million acres) on June 18. This accounts for 21.9...

July 01, 2019

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Food crisis, further price increases due to the poor 2018/19 harvests, Zimbabwe

Crisis (Integrated Phase Classification - IPC Phase 3 of 5) food security outcomes persist across most of Zimbabwe mainly due to the poor 2018/19 harvests and escalating macroeconomic hardships, the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS) reports. Following the...

June 05, 2019

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Persistent rainfall deficits, crop production significantly below average for second season, Kenya

Persistent rainfall deficits are causing high levels of atypical livestock migration in response to below-average forage and water availability, crop production significantly below average for the second consecutive season and food price increase, the Famine Early...

June 05, 2019

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Artificial rain programs as severe drought affects over 700 000 ha (1.7 million acres) of crops, SW China

Severe and persistent drought is affecting southwest China's Yunnan Province, severely limiting access to drinking water and causing a huge impact on the province's agricultural sector. The provincial meteorological department has started carrying out...

May 27, 2019

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Worst drought in 116 years hits Australian wheat production

The worst drought in more than a century is affecting parts of Australia, causing severe grain shortage in what is usually an outstanding surplus producing country. The condition resulted in a significant shipment of wheat from Canada, approved on May 9 and expected...

May 19, 2019