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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

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Chile: Se reactivan los voraces incendios en Valparaíso

13 Apr 2014, BBC

'Estamos frente a una ciudad con dos componentes: construcciones regulares, normadas, y asentamientos irregulares que se instalan en las zonas de mayor riesgo, como las quebradas, que tienen riesgo de incendio y además son zonas naturales de evacuación de aguas lluvias”, explicó a BBC Mundo el experto en emergencias chileno Michel De L'Herbe,'...

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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