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UN declares famine in parts of Somalia: What it means

Aid agencies use a five-phase system called the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification(IPC) to determine the severity of a food crisis. These five regions of Somalia fall in the Phase 5 category, which means that means more than two people per 10,000 die … Continue reading

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East Africa drought – in pictures

East Africa is experiencing the worst drought for 60 years, which has led to the devastation of farmland, failed harvests and livestock deaths. At least 10 million people are expected to need humanitarian assistance http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/gallery/2011/jul/08/east-africa-drought-in-pictures

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Iran’s largest lake turning to salt

OROUMIEH LAKE, Iran – From a hillside, Kamal Saadat looked forlornly at hundreds of potential customers, knowing he could not take them for trips in his boat to enjoy a spring weekend on picturesque Oroumieh Lake, the third largest saltwater … Continue reading

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China crisis over Yangtze river drought forces drastic dam measures

The Yangtze – Asia’s biggest river – is experiencing its worst drought in 50 years, forcing an unprecedented release of water from the Three Gorges reservoir. The drought is damaging crops, threatening wildlife and raising doubts about the viability of China‘s massive water diversion ambitions. … Continue reading

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Worst drought in 50 years along Yangtze

The worst drought in 50 years to hit provinces along the Yangtze River may continue to plague Central China. The China Meteorological Administration warned on Tuesday that little rain is expected in the coming 10 days and highs of 36 … Continue reading

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Southern Sudan faces food crisis

After 21 years of civil war with the North, the semi-autonomous region of southern Sudan is due, in the coming weeks, to take part in the country’s first democratic elections in a generation. Despite the fact that it is still … Continue reading

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Niger children condemned to hunger

In the current food crisis gripping the West African state of Niger, 900,000 children are at risk of malnutrition.  The UN’s World Food Programme is working with local charities, but even then they fear that tens of thousands will end … Continue reading

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Niger fights prolonged drought

Niger’s ruling military government is appealing for urgent assistance from the international community to help feed its people. More than half of the country’s population of 15 million are facing food shortages due to prolonged drought and crop failure and … Continue reading

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Mexico City’s water crisis

At lest hundreds of thousands of residents of Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, are failing to receive a permanent water supply. It is a puzzling problem in a city the Aztecs built on five lakes and which consequently suffers … Continue reading

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Millions face starvation as Niger prays in vain for rain

To the north of Niger, the creeping Sahara; to the south, oil rich and agriculturally lush Nigeria – this nation straddles the Sahel – dry, hot and cruel. It has suffered catastrophic droughts – 1974, 1984 and 2005. And now, … Continue reading

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