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Affected countries: Mongolia
Mongolia is experiencing very low temperatures and heavy snowfall since early November 2015, locally named Dzud. According to the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA), snow has covered 90 per cent of the total territory with conditions getting more severe. Based on the latest assessment…
In Bolivia, authorities declared an emergency in the municipality of Omereque de Cochabamba in Bolivia on 5 October 2015 due to the drought that threatens the agricultural production. (Gov. of Bolivia, 5 Oct 2015). Around 400 farming households (approx. 2,000 people) do not have water for…
Affected countries: South Sudan
The September IPC Food Security and Nutrition Analysis estimated that 2.4 million people would remain in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and Crisis (IPC Phase 3), primarily in Unity, Upper Nile, and Jonglei States. Similarly, FEWS NET’s own analysis finds the same areas of concern. (FEWS NET, 30 Nov…
In Fiji, many communities are experiencing the effects of an El Niño-induced drought, with farmers losing crops and water supplies drying out and water trucking underway. A drought warning is in place and the Government reports at least 30,000 people are now affected. Other El Niño effects…
Affected countries: Papua New Guinea
The National Weather Service (NWS) on 7 August 2015 declared the country will be experiencing a severe El Nino event, which is forecasted to continue for 8–10 months with reduced rainfall in all parts of the country. The situation is expected to be the worst since the 1997/98 drought. The…
In Viet Nam, the worst drought the country has seen in 90 years has been attributed to the El Niño weather event, with 52 out of 63 provinces having been affected by drought; 18 provinces were declared states of emergencies, as of June 2016. Coupled with the droughts' impacts, saltwater…
In Haiti, about 200,000 families (1 million people) have been affected by drought conditions since the beginning of 2015, especially in Sud-Est, Nord-Ouest and Artibonite regions. These prolonged conditions are aggravating the situation of 3.8 million food-insecure people in the country. (ACAPS, 21…
Affected countries: Ethiopia
Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in decades, with over 10.2 million people in need of food aid. Due to El Niño weather conditions, the situation is set to worsen in the coming months. The failure of two consecutive rainy seasons, including the Kiremt rains, which normally feed 80 to 85 per…
Early warning signs provide alarming indications of looming significant food supply shortages that are likely to impact on the next marketing season. The rains experienced in late March and early April provided some relief to livestock farmers, but arrived too late for both staple foods and cash…
Affected countries: Somalia
Five million Somalis – more than 40 per cent of the country’s population – do not have sufficient food, according to a new assessment report released today in Mogadishu. This includes over 300,000 children under five who are acutely malnourished, including more than 50,000 children who are…
A prolonged dry spell from April to early June 2015 in the main growing areas of DPR Korea affected the plantings and yield potential of food crops for the rest of the year. (FAO, 17 Jun 2015) About US$6.3 million was allocated from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to respond to urgent…
Affected countries: Kenya
In January 2014, the Government of Kenya declared an impending drought with an estimated 1.6 million people affected. After a poor performance of the long rains between March and May 2014 in the arid and semi-arid zones, the drought situation continued to affect both pastoral and marginal…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
The northeast monsoon, which supplies water for agriculture across the key paddy producing areas of Sri Lanka, received below average rainfall for consecutive months between September 2013 and March 2014, leading to prolonged drought across most of the country. By April 2014, over 728,000 people…
The lack of rain since the middle of 2014 has resulted in the loss of staple grain crops and death of thousands of cattle in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and to a lesser extent in areas of Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. The most vulnerable population are families of subsistence farmers,…
Affected countries: Pakistan
According to Tharparkar district authorities, Sindh, 99 children and 67 adults (43 men and 24 women) have reportedly died in Tharparkar since the beginning of 2014 due to a combination of chronic malnutrition, a lack of access to effective health facilities, lower than average rainfall in Chachro,…
Affected countries: Paraguay
Approximately 15,000 families in 246 communities have been strongly affected by drought in the Paraguayan Chaco region since early May 2013, with a direct impact on their livelihoods. The lack of rain during the first months of the year prevented families from getting the water needed to fill…
Affected countries: Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Between January and May 2013, many areas of Bolivia received insufficient amounts of rain. The drought severely affected the agricultural production, including 93,000 hectares of crops and almost 49,000 animals. More than 17,000 affected families were registered in 19 municipalities. On 19 Jun, the…
Affected countries: Ecuador
As of June 2013, Ecuador’s southern region has gone for four months without rain, with Loja being the most affected province. The provincial economy is completely based on agricultural and livestock. The drought has caused losses in corn, peanut, and bean crops and there is a high scarcity of…
Affected countries: Namibia
Following a prolonged dry period during the 2012/13 cropping season (November-June), Namibia's main cereal crop output for 2013 is expected to suffer a severe decline. In some parts, the cumulative rains between January and March were approximately one-third of the average and a 50 per cent…
Affected countries: Marshall Islands
The Government declared a state of emergency for the northern Marshall Islands on 19 Apr 2013 due to a prolonged dry season and severe drought experienced in Wotje and the atolls north of Majuro. On 8 May, the state of emergency was elevated to a state of drought disaster for a period of 30 days…