Category: Drought

Powerful El Niño brings droughts and food insecurity to millions in Papua New Guinea


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Source(s):  Oxfam International Secretariat Millions of people in the Pacific are affected by the consequences of a powerful El Niño – the climate phenomenon that develops in the tropical Pacific and brings extreme weather to several regions of the world. Papua New Guinea is currently the worst hit […]

1.5 million people face hunger in Zimbabwe


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January 1 2016 – 17:47 In many villages in Southern Zimbabwe, farmers have lost cattle and crops in the severest drought that has hit the country since 1998. Midway through the farming season, the fields around the village are normally green at this time of the year but […]

EU mobilises €125 million for countries affected by ‘El Niño’


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European Commission – Press release Brussels, 2 December 2015 The current El Niño is expected to be the strongest on record, surpassing the 1997/1998 El Niño. The European Union is today announcing a contribution of €125 million to finance emergency actions in countries affected by the extreme weather […]

El Niño in southern Africa 2015: Weather Phenomenon May Devastate Communities with Drought and Floods


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UNIFEC 2015 A potentially record-breaking El Niño brewing in the tropical Pacific Ocean will soon hit southern Africa with Zimbabwe included. But a majority of communities are not sure how to prepare. The weather phenomenon has increased in variability in recent years, making it difficult to predict its devastating […]

Weather bureau warns El Nino on track to hit record levels by Christmas


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By Anna Vidot Updated 18 Oct 2015, 9:06pm The Bureau of Meteorology has warned the current El Nino event now looks set to reach record levels and continue well into next year. Appearing at a Senate Estimates hearing in Canberra, bureau director Dr Rob Vertessy said that while […]

El Nino Poses Serious Threat to Latin America and the Caribbean


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Warm Ocean Temperatures Trigger Drought in Central America and Haiti, Bring Heavy Rainfall and Freezing Temperatures in Peru BALTIMORE, MD, Oct 20, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Warmer-than-normal ocean temperatures associated with El Niño continue to pose a serious threat to the Latin America and Caribbean region. Less-than-expected […]

Deficiencies Expand in the Southeast Following a Very Dry October


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November 5 2015 October rainfall was below average for most of Australia. Rainfall was in the lowest 10% of historical totals (decile 1) for much of the South West Land Division in Western Australia, a stretch along the southern coast from around Ceduna in South Australia through to South […]