Drought originates from a deficiency of precipitation over an extended period of time, usually a season or more. This deficiency results in a water shortage for some activity, group, or environmental sector. Different from other hazards in that it develops slowly, sometimes over years, and its onset can be masked by a number of factors. Drought can be devastating: water supplies dry up, crops fail to grow, animals die and malnutrition and ill health become widespread. source: WMO
21 Feb 2014, ABC
Drought policy specialist Linda Botterill adheres to the view that the worst time to try and develop a clear-eyed drought policy is during a drought arguing that there is a case to be made for taxpayer-funded drought assistance, 'but it needs to be well thought through in advance, and not developed in the heat of an argument of a drought'...
People exposed per year
Source of data: 2009 Global Assessment Report
|Source of data: OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database|
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