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
15 Oct 2014, Vancouver Sun
'Resilience will become more important as climate trends point to more years similar to this year with a summer drought that started sooner and lasted longer than normal,'Lori Daniels, an assistant professor in forest and conservation science in the University of British Columbia's faculty of forestry explains...
People exposed per year
Source of data: 2009 Global Assessment Report
|Source of data: OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database|
External Online Resources on Drought