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5 Jun 2023
Following heavy rains and flooding in March this year, central Somalia again experienced heavy rains in mid-May, killing 22 people and affecting an estimated 450 000 people, of whom 219 000 have been displaced. The long rains, which had provided little relief during the past three years due to an ongoing drought, came early in Somalia this year, arriving in March and April rather than May...
26 Apr 2023
The Spanish Meteorological Agency AEMET forecast a heatwave towards the end of April, with temperatures reaching 36-38⁰C. In some areas, the temperature was 10-15⁰C above average for this period of the year. On the 8th of May, AEMET reported that April 2023 was the hottest April experienced by the country since records began in 1961...
12 Jan 2023
For the first time since the signing of the 1944 treaty sharing the use of the Colorado River between Mexico and the United States, the International Boundary and Water Commission (CILA) between the two countries has had to extend the drastic measures adopted in August 2022. Agreements signed in 1972 and 2008 allow the city of Tijuana in Mexico to purchase emergency water deliveries from California, and on August 1st, the state public utilities commission ordered 4 million mᶟ of Colorado river water...
23 Nov 2022
Barcelona and large parts of north-eastern Spain will undergo water restrictions as the drought which started this summer persists through November. Patricia Plaja, the spokesperson for the Catalan Government, announced that the measures will affect 6.7 million people, which amounts to 80% of the region’s population...
7 Oct 2022
The worst drought Morocco has seen in 30 years has brought reservoir levels down to an average of 25%, as compared to 40% this time last year. The Kingdom’s Ministry of Water and Logistics, which had declared in July that the country was in a “state of water emergency”, announced that currently a mere only four billion m³ of water were available as against a maximum capacity of 16 billion m³...
6 Oct 2022
On the 12th of September, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria expressed serious concern over the ongoing cholera outbreak in Syria. On the 10th of September, the Syrian Ministry of Health declared an outbreak of cholera in Aleppo governorate following 15 confirmed cases and one death...
5 Oct 2022
Starting on the 12th of September, in response to the ongoing drought, the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources started discharging an additional 1.8 billion cubic metres of water from the main reservoirs in the river. This follows a similar release of 3.6 billion cubic metres in mid-August. Despite the gradual lowering of temperatures in China after the hottest and driest summer since records began, water levels in the Yangtze River Basin (YRB) have continued to drop during September...
6 Sep 2022
China announced its first national drought emergency on the 19th of August amid the hottest. driest summer since Chinese records began 61 years ago. In mid-August, water in the drainage area of the Yangtze River had dropped to 60% below average levels for August. Water levels in the main course of the Yangtze had dropped to 50% below the average for the past five years...
2 Sep 2022 Henan province
China announced its first national drought emergency on the 19th of August 2022
28 Jul 2022 WASHINGTON DC, United States
The new investment programme is aimed "to advance quantifiable and sustained water savings by protecting watersheds impacted by wildland fire, restoring aquatic habitats and stream beds, and advancing other environmental restoration projects to mitigate drought-related impacts.”
28 Jul 2022 BRUSSELS, Belgium
European Commission's Vice-President for Inter-Institutional Relations has called for increased investment in sustainable soil management, drought-resistant crops and vegetation cover.
26 Jun 2022 BAGHDAD, Iraq
Gradual decreases in lake water volume observed but ignored in face of tourist development. Drought fells final blow.