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Starvation looms as food runs out in drought-hit Ethiopia

- The Somali people of Ethiopia's southeast have a name for the drought that has killed livestock, dried up wells and forced hundreds of thousands into camps: sima, which means "equalised".

Drought may expand its grip on north-central U.S. this summer

Bismarck - It's June, and already, North and South Dakota are experiencing a severe drought, while portions of Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, and Michigan are experiencing abnormally dry conditions. And according to the forecast, it could get worse.

Cape Town hunkers down as cold front brings threat of more fires

Knysna - Cape Town, SA was hit with its first winter storm this week, bringing gale-force winds, snow, and very rough seas with waves of over 9 meters (30 feet). Bushfires fueled by the winds have already killed nine people and more severe weather is forecast.

Fleeing hunger, Somali women raped in displacement camps

Afgooye - He was thin but strong, in a new uniform and boots. After forcing his way into Hawo's ragged shelter the man put a gun to her throat, then raped her, twice.

Cape Town has less than 10 percent usable water remaining

Cape Town - In a speech before the full council on Wednesday, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille described the scenario of the city running out of water as a “crisis of catastrophic proportions," warning that water scarcity was now the “New Normal”.

Southeast hit by drought-busting rainfall —Flooding possible

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for most regions of the southeastern U.S. through Friday where possible rainfall levels of one to four inches are expected.

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.
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São Paulo s Cantareira reservoir system has fallen to about five percent capacity as the drought co...
São Paulo's Cantareira reservoir system has fallen to about five percent capacity as the drought continues.
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Crystal Geyser bottling Company will ge to court over opening of bottling plant in drought-stricken California.
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Women weeding a rice paddy field, drying and cracked because of a lack of rain.
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Satellites show California's Jan. snowpack looking healthier than it has for several winters. On the left, satellite view on Dec. 20, 2016, and on the right, the satellite view on Ja. 24, 2017.
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Dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas. Dust bowl surveying in Texas. Photo Date: April 18, 1935
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Patterns of narrow and wide tree rings correspond to dry and wet years.
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Conflict and climate is causing the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945 and it seems to be getting worse.
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The effects of drought and acid rain can be seen on the periphery of this forest in the Jizera Mountains, Czech Republic.
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Irrigation dams and groundwater levels are dropping fast as the drought continues in South Africa.
Irrigation dams and groundwater levels are dropping fast as the drought continues in South Africa.
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Bao Yongxin  the farmer who has made fighting desertification the mission of his life.
Bao Yongxin, the farmer who has made fighting desertification the mission of his life.
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California's agriculture is dependent on water. Most large farms have sprinkler systems like those in the photo, to insure crops growth.
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Drought Monitor - Conditions as of June 7, 2016.
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The Tallapoosa River in western Georgia dropped below the intake the Haralson County Water Authority uses to provide water to at least four small towns.
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Picture of Santa Isabel reservoir taken on August 13, 2015.
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Mono Lake in California on August 1, 2014. Notice the dry lake bed. In 2013, the water depth was at about 50 feet.
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