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Drought

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

African Union insurance arm to boost disaster cover to $1.5 bln

26 May 2016, Reuters

Following the impact on the African continent of the worst drought in decades, the African Union is set to increase insurance coverage against drought but also floods and cyclones.


Human Exposure - Absolute exposure to drought
  Countries  
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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