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Severe drought — Once mighty Victoria Falls dries to a trickle

The worst drought in a century in south-central Africa has slowed the world's largest waterfalls - situated across the Zimbabwe and Zambia border - down to a trickle.

Worst drought in over 100 years hits Western Cape in South Africa

Cape Town - Premier Helen Zille has declared the Western Cape province a disaster area on Monday due to the relentless drought. Zille asked residents to manage their water supplies more efficiently as the South African region tries to cope with the drought.

Dozens of wildfires in Southeastern U.S. burn over 80,000 acres

There are dozens of major wildfires blazing in the drought-ravaged Southeast of the U.S. As of today, wildfires, many of them set on purpose, have burned over 80,000 acres. One fire in Georgia has burned an area the size of Manhattan.

Armed guards protect last of water in one drought-parched city

Tikamgarh - Authorities in the central Indian city of Tikamgarh have placed round-the-clock armed guards around the city's last remaining source of drinking water to prevent farmers from siphoning off the water for irrigation.

Daytime cooking ban in parts of India as heat claims more lives

With the sweltering heat in India claiming over 300 lives in April, officials said on Friday that daytime cooking will be banned in some parts of the drought-stricken country in an attempt to prevent accidental fires that have claimed 80 lives.

California's Sierra Nevada snowpack at 500-year low

While California's record drought may be severe, new research suggests it may be even worse than previously thought. Researchers have found that the exceptionally low snowpack in the Sierra Nevada's is an ominous sign of things to come.

Papua New Guinea facing drought and water shortages from El Nino

Papua New Guinea has been hit by the worst frost in over 40 years, affecting 300,000 people, as El Nino continues to wreak havoc, bringing drought and Tasmania-like temperatures to the normally tropical region.

Lightning-sparked fire in northern Calif. grows to 1,330 acres

Hyampom - A wildfire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Northern California has grown to over 1,300 acres on Saturday after being sparked by a lightning strike on Tuesday, June 9. Forest service officials say the fire is only five percent contained.
 

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California is experiencing the worst drought in its history.
California is experiencing the worst drought in its history.
The New York Times
Two years of drought and three failed farming seasons took a vicious toll on landscape and livestock...
Two years of drought and three failed farming seasons took a vicious toll on landscape and livestock in northwest Mexico. This is a scene from a video filmed in 2012.
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