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1.4 million children acutely malnourished in Somalia this year: UN

Geneva - Somalia, hit by drought and on the verge of famine, will count 1.4 million acutely malnourished children by the end of the year, up 50 percent from late 2016, the UN said Tuesday.

The world marched for climate change as millions face starvation

While the world marched to bring attention to the impacts of climate change on Saturday, in Africa, over 20 million people are starving because of a prolonged and devastating drought brought on by the very thing we want the world to acknowledge.

Wildfires raging across Florida force evacuation of thousands

Naples - Over 115 wildfires raged across Florida on Saturday, reports the Florida Forest Service. Over 30,000 acres have been burned and 7,000 homes have been evacuated.

Diarrhoea kills more than 500 in Somalia since January: UN

Geneva - Cholera and acute diarrhoea have killed more than 500 people and left tens of thousands of others sick in drought-hit parts of Somalia since January, the United Nations said Thursday.

California drought officially over, but some measures will remain

Sacramento - It was good news for Californians today as Governor Jerry Brown made it official — the long and devastating drought is finally over. After months of rain, the state's reservoirs are filled and fields are once again wearing coats of green.

Drought shatters Turkana's dreams of a better future

- In just a few years water, oil and money would flow. Roads, schools and hospitals would follow. Turkana's generations of poverty and neglect in Kenya's arid north would end.

The Beauty of the Earth - Wildflowers bloom in California desert

Borrego Springs - Following a winter of exceptional rains, the California desert has been transformed into a giant palette of colors. Wildflowers have bloomed en masse, much to the delight of tourists from around the world.

Number of Kenyans going hungry doubles to 3 mn: Red Cross

Nairobi - The number of Kenyans needing emergency food aid has doubled in the past three months to three million, the Red Cross said Tuesday, as the impact of a devastating drought worsens.

Rainy season forecast will not help Kenya as drought deepens

Over three million people in Kenya are at risk of starving as the worst drought in five years continues to tighten its grip on the country. The drought is so bad now that people are burning the carcasses of animals to prevent the spread of disease.

Cloaked in rags and dust, Somalis flee looming famine

Afgooye - Mariam Ibrahim, her seven children and two neighbouring families were the last to leave their village in southwestern Somalia.

Niger drought leaves schools closed

Niamey - More than half of schoolchildren have quit class in some parts of Niger due to drought which is forcing entire families of farmers to move to seek better pastures, the UN said Friday.

Famine update: Four regions of the world at risk for starvation

Four regions in Africa were singled out last month by the U.N. General-Secretary in a $4.4 billion appeal to avert catastrophic starvation and death. The four regions also share a common thread tying them to their circumstances - violent conflict.

Somali president declares 'national disaster' over drought

Mugadishu - Somali's newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Tuesday declared a "national disaster" due to severe drought which aid agencies say has left some three million in crisis.

Famine inches closer as drought and hunger in Somalia worsens

Mogadishu - International aid on a large scale is needed to avert an imminent disaster unfolding in Somalia. With two years of drought in an already arid region, food insecurity, and internal violence and conflict, Somalia is sinking into famine.

Vegetable shortage in Europe shows need for environmental focus

Grocery stores in the U.K. and other European countries have been forced to ration fresh vegetables, with some retailers actually putting caps on the amounts of broccoli or lettuce customers can buy at any one time, all due to a streak of bad weather.

Crop destroying armyworm marches across mainland Africa

Scientists are calling for urgent action to stop the fall armyworm, a crop-destroying pest that is spreading rapidly across mainland Africa, threatening food security and agricultural trade.

California singing in the rain

Los Angeles - A series of storms that have rolled across California in the past week dumping heavy rain and snow could herald the end of a punishing historic drought, officials said."Bye bye Drought.

Biggest storm in a decade slams Northern California on Sunday

Sacramento - A massive storm system has moved into Northern California, bringing with it widespread heavy rains and mountain snow. The system also brings with it the threat of flash flooding as many rivers are already close to flood stage.

Gatlinburg, Tenn. up in flames as wildfire rages through area

Gatlinburg - On Monday afternoon, a large wildfire burning in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park spurred on by 70 to 80 mph winds quickly engulfing nearby communities, including Gatlinburg and parts of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Bolivia declares drought emergency

La Paz - Bolivia's government declared an emergency on Monday as the country suffers its worst drought in 25 years."The cabinet has approved a decree...

Forest fires in Appalachia prompt mass evacuations

Durham - North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory had already declared a state of emergency covering 25 drought-ridden western counties with over 20 wildfires, but by Saturday evening, the situation went from bad to worse.

Deepening drought in Southeastern U.S. sparks over 30 wildfires

Over 30 wind-driven wildfires, spanning an area from northeast Alabama to eastern Kentucky, as well as Tennessee, and North Carolina, are blanketing the region in a thick layer of smoke as an extreme drought deepens.

18 dead as herders, farmers clash in Niger

Niamey - At least 18 people were killed and dozens wounded in clashes in Niger between cattle herders and farmers, officials said, adding that women and children were among the dead.

California's San Joaquin River — agriculture vs. a healthy river

Sacramento - The San Joaquin River is the longest river in Central California, and the second most endangered river in the country. But because of dams, levees, and water diversion, over 100 miles of the river has been dry for 50 years.

Drought, hunger add to South Sudan's woes

Aweil - A serious food crisis in the north of South Sudan is reaching critical levels, as a biting drought across much of east Africa serves up even more woes for the troubled country.

Four, including German national, die in U.S. heatwave

Los Angeles - At least four people, including a German man, have died from the blistering heat that has gripped the western United States and sparked wildfires and evacuations across the region, authorities said Monday.

Dead trees, dry earth: Western U.S. a tinderbox

Los Angeles - Tens of millions of dead trees, record temperatures in June and persistent drought can only mean one thing for the American West this fire season: it's going to be a tinderbox.

Tree mortality epidemic impacts forests and safety

Sonora - California is facing a fifth year of drought. The drought is affecting both the forest environment as a whole, and also the communities which are now embedded in those forested areas. Ponderosa Pine may largely disappear.

Drought-hit Indian kids to get free meals over holidays

New Delhi - India's top court Friday ordered state governments to provide free meals to schoolchildren even during the summer break as the country reels from the impact of one of the worst droughts on record.

India's Supreme Court orders disaster fund for drought-hit zones

New Delhi - India's top court criticised the government Wednesday for failing to set up a disaster fund to help drought-hit farmers and villagers suffering crop losses and severe water shortages.
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Prolonged drought in Northern Kenya leaves dead and dying animals.
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Lake Mead on April 13, 2012. The reservoir was at 1,123.93 feet above sea level.
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