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
22 Jul 2015, UNISDR AF
The Drylands Integrated Development Project aims to 'strengthen the capacity of the local population by developing weather-resistant and fast-maturing crops to improve on food security, improve on livestock, train people on health and hygiene, engage locals in income generating activities through creation of markets,' said Ms. Barbara Nekesa, the State Minister for Karamoja Affairs...
People exposed per year
Source of data: 2009 Global Assessment Report
|Source of data: OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database|
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