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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

Zimbabwe: Fleeing drought - Climate migrants press Zimbabwe's fertile east

27 Aug 2015, TRF

Droughts linked to climate change in Manicaland's western low-lying areas are the underlying cause for the migration of thousands of people to 'fertile land not designated for human habitation' in the eastern highlands...This could lead to the area 'facing a drought of their own', reports Thomson Reuters Foundation. UNDP has launched a $4 million fund to find a solution to this climate change-induced migration...

Human Exposure - Absolute exposure to drought
People exposed per year
1 China 71,297,700
2 India 58,912,300
3 USA 26,055,000
4 Pakistan 11,872,500
5 Ethiopia 9,342,200
Source of data: 2009 Global Assessment Report
Number of drought occured (reported)

Source of data: OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database

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