Drought

auckland drought nz may 7 2020

Water restrictions announced in Auckland amid worsening drought in North Island, New Zealand

The severe drought in North Island, New Zealand-- the worst in 50 years in some areas-- has prompted the Auckland Council's Emergency Committee to introduce mandatory water restrictions, which will be effective across the region beginning May 16, 2020. This...

May 07, 2020

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Czech Republic facing catastrophic drought-- the country's worst in 500 years

The Czech Republic is experiencing a catastrophic drought, threatening their harvest and supply of water, Environment Minister Richard Brabec announced Wednesday, April 29, 2020. This has been the country's worst dry spell in 500 years. A map presented by the...

April 30, 2020

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Historic drought in Chile enters 10th year -- the country's longest dry spell on record

A severe drought in Chile's central region is entering its 10th year, setting a record for the country's longest dry-spell ever. Records since 1915, when the nation started data-keeping, showed that no droughts have lasted longer and that the previous...

April 22, 2020

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Cuba breaks all-time temperature record

The island nation of Cuba broke its all-time temperature over the past weekend. According to the country's official meteorological agency, on April 11, 2020, the town of Veguitas registered 39.3 °C (102.7 °F) -- the hottest temperature ever recorded for...

April 17, 2020

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Sea of Galilee expected to fill up for the first time since 1992, Israel

The Sea of Galilee or Kineret-- Israel's largest freshwater lake-- has increased by 6 cm (2.3 inches) following heavy rains from April 9 to 11, 2020. According to the Israel Water Authority, the level reached 209 m (686 feet) below sea level as of Sunday, April...

April 14, 2020

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Yucatan Peninsula heading into worst drought since 1986, Mexico

The drought situation in the Yucatan Peninsula in 2020 is shaping up to be worst in the past 34 years. Three years of below-average rainfall are merging, and groundwater levels are already pummeling to minimum levels, making this year's drought projections...

March 21, 2020

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Parts of North Island experience worst drought on record, New Zealand

The New Zealand army has been deployed to drought-stricken Northland to assist in relief efforts amid worsening drought conditions. Authorities described the situation as the worst drought on record. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)...

March 04, 2020

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Ex-tropical Cyclone "Esther" replenishes cattle country in Western Australia

Pastoralists and tourism operators in Western Australia's Kimberley region welcomed soaking rains brought by Ex-tropical Cyclone "Esther" as it provided restoration to cattle stations with huge rainfall totals not seen in portions of the region for...

March 04, 2020

california drought returns feb 19 2020

California returning into drought conditions, reservoirs still at or above average, U.S.

Drought conditions are returning to California as major rain and significant mountain snow had not fallen since December 2019. Sacramento and San Francisco have not seen a drop of rain in February 2020, which is usually one of the wettest months of the year for the...

February 21, 2020

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Rains soak drought-stricken Northern Cape following declaration of disaster area, South Africa

Rains continued drenching Northern Cape on Wednesday, February 12, 2020-- a month after officials declared the South African province a disaster area due to drought. Social media was flooded with images and videos of once-dry areas, getting their much-needed rains,...

February 13, 2020

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Drought hits Barbados following driest year in 70 years

Drought conditions are expected to persist in Barbados into the first seven months of 2020, with 2019 being the driest year on record in some 70 years. The Barbados Meteorological Services at the Grantley Adams International Airport recorded 736.5 mm (29 inches) of...

February 03, 2020

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45 million people across Southern Africa face hunger following natural disasters and economic disarray

45 million people in the 16-nation Southern African Development Community are facing worsening hunger following calamities such as drought and flooding, as well as economic disarray, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) said on Thursday, January 16, 2020. ...

January 23, 2020

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Worst drought in 40 years turns tap water saline, impacts health and agriculture, Thailand

Thailand is experiencing its worst drought in 40 years, causing tap water to turn saline as the water level at Chao Phraya River-- a major water source-- dropped too low to keep seawater out. According to authorities, the dry spell is also affecting water for...

January 17, 2020

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Widespread destruction, 41 people dead after heavy rains hit Angola

Torrential rains affecting Angola since January 3, 2020, caused widespread destruction and left at least 41 people dead. According to Interior Minister Eugenio Laborinho, capital city Luanda is among the worst-hit areas. The event follows severe regional drought...

January 10, 2020

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2019 among Eastern Cape's worst rainfall years in 120 years; extreme flood overdue and should be expected, South Africa

The Port Elizabeth office of the South African Weather Service released the official rainfall figures for 2019, and it showed that the western half of the Eastern Cape province suffered from one of the worst rainfall years in 120 years, with almost every station...

January 07, 2020

drought kills 70000 cattles in Angola dec 26 2019

Drought kills over 72 000 heads of cattle in Cunene Province, Angola

At least 72 473 heads of cattle died between April and December this year in Cunene Province, Angola, due to water and pasture shortage that resulted from the drought that struck the region, according to Agencia Angola Press (Angop). The data was released to Angop...

December 26, 2019

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After drought and severe flooding, Somalia sees worst locust outbreak in 25 years

Desert locusts have been destroying massive swaths of crops and grazing lands in Somalia in its worst invasion in 25 years, the United Nations food agency said on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, adding that the infestation is likely to spread further. The nation...

December 22, 2019