Drought - page 2

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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

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Heavy rain and strong wind impact the Pacific Northwest and northern California

A cold front and a plume of Pacific moisture streamed into the Pacific Northwest and drought-stricken northern California today, bringing rain and high elevation snow. According to NWS, the heaviest and most widespread rain is expected to fall across northern...

March 10, 2016

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Cloud seeding practice returns to Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Department of Public Works said they seeded clouds over the county with silver iodide to increase the amount of rainfall during storms that battered California this week. DPW says this is their first cloud seeding since 2002. LA County has used cloud...

March 09, 2016

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One of the worst droughts on record plagues Guatemala

Guatemala is experiencing one of the worst droughts in its recent history. 1.3 million people have been affected, and approximately 720 000 are encountering severe food insecurity. The inhabitants of the Central American 'dry corridor' – an area...

February 19, 2016

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Satellites observe Lake Poopó evaporate, Bolivia

ESA's Proba-V satellite and NASA's Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat-8 have collected series of images of Lake Poopó, once the second largest lake in Bolivia, declared fully evaporated in December 2015. Proba-V is a small ESA's satellite...

February 09, 2016

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Persistent droughts and heightened risk of floods in southern Africa

Continuous lack of rainfall since October 2015 caused a severe drought across the affected portions of southern Africa while persistent heavy precipitation in other areas continues to threaten with flooding, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET)...

February 08, 2016

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Millions of people in urgent need of food as persistent drought continues, Ethiopia

The worst drought in the last 30 years continues affecting Ethiopia and millions of people are currently in urgent need of food aid, General Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary announced on January 31, 2016. According to UN figures, at least 10.2 million people require food...

February 02, 2016

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Persistent drought threatens South Africa's food supplies

Record high temperatures were recorded in Johannesburg, South Africa on January 7, 2016. The region has been facing persistent drought conditions and related food shortage since December 2015 when the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued an alert...

January 08, 2016

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The most extreme drought in 115 years strongly affects food production in Cuba

The 2015 ongoing drought in Cuba has now severely affected about 87 000 tons of country's year rice production, the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG) stated on December 14, 2015. The drought conditions of this year have now been regarded as the worst over the last...

December 18, 2015

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Extreme drought reveals 400 years old temple remnants submerged in the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir, southern Mexico

The drought in southern Mexico state of Chiapas has been so persistent this year, that the water level in the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir dropped extremely low. This has led to a thrilling discovery of the remnants of a colonial era church, previously submerged deep...

October 20, 2015

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Wildfire raging across Bastrop County, Texas, state of emergency declared

Dry and hot weather conditions which have been prevailing across the US Plains for a few months, have combined with strong winds and record October heat to trigger strong wildfires over the last couple of days. In response to the situation, Texas Governor Greg...

October 16, 2015

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Prolonged drought prompts critical food insecurity alert, Haiti

The Government of Haiti has officially issued an alert on the critical food insecurity situation in the country caused by the prolonged drought exacerbated by the influence of El Nino weather phenomena. The poorest of Haiti population are kept in food crisis due to...

October 09, 2015

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Sierra Nevada seasonal snowpack lowest in the last 500 years

A new study, published in Nature Climate Change on September 14, 2015, shows the spring amount of snow on the Sierra mountains has sunk to its lowest levels in the last 500 years. The current circumstances of exceptional drought across the state of California thus repre

September 15, 2015