Thursday, March 17, 2016

Sounds serious

Drought and rising temperatures 'leaves 36m people across Africa facing hunger' | Environment | The Guardian

I've noted before that we don't get a lot of media attention in the West about droughts in other countries as they develop.   It seems to take shots of malnourished and starving kids from the subsequent famine before you see much publicity on TV.

I see that El Nino has not been kind to other parts of the world, too:

Months of below-average rainfall have conspired to produce the worst
drought in Vietnam in the best part of 100 years. It has been reported
that the Mekong River is at its lowest level since 1926.

The ongoing El Nino weather pattern is thought to be the main cause of the lack of rainfall affecting the country.

Vietnam is not alone in suffering drought. Neighbouring Cambodia, and
Laos, as well as Thailand and Myanmar, have been experiencing water
shortages as a result of the weather phenomenon.

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