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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…
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 situation 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…
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
On 18 Aug, the Government of Ethiopia officially launched the joint-Government and humanitarian partners- Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) mid-year review. The document is a revision of the 2015 HRD (6 Mar 2015), based on the multi-agency belg/gu/ganna/sugum national needs assessment, which…
Early warning signs provide alarming indications of looming significant food supply shortages that are likely to impact on the next marketing season starting from July 2015. The rains experienced in late March and early April provided some relief to livestock farmers, but arrived too late for both…
Affected countries: Somalia
Somalia remains in a state of protracted crisis which increases the impact of the challenging climatic conditions, amidst inadequate coping strategies and development assistance. About 3.2 million people are in need of life-saving and livelihood support, while over 1.1 million people are internally…
A prolonged dry spell from April to early June 2015 in main growing areas of DPR Korea affected plantings and yield potential of the 2015 food crops. More rains are urgently needed to avoid a significant decrease in 2015 cereal production. Should drought conditions persist, the food security…
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, 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, Diplo,…
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…
Affected countries: Moldova
In 2012, Moldova suffered the combined impacts of poor rainfall and extremely high temperatures, which resulted in major losses in the national crop production. The 2012 drought was part of a regional phenomenon, which affected large parts of the Black Sea region, the Balkans and Central Europe…
Affected countries: Sri Lanka
By the end of October 2012, drought had affected an estimated 1.8 million people in Sri Lanka according. Since December 2011, for the second consecutive season, rainfall had been scanty. As a result, many of the water reservoirs dried up, and people living in the worst-hit remote rural areas…
Affected countries: Guatemala
Rainfall deficits in July 2012 affected basic grain crops in numerous departments of the eastern and central regions of Guatemala, as well as in some departments of the western region. The lack of rain, combined with the presence of crop pests and diseases, led to the loss of maize and bean crops…