Added on: 26th Oct 2016
THE 2010 CHINA DROUGHT
The 2010 China drought was a series of severe Spring
droughts that affected a huge swath of the country as
well as parts of Southeast Asia, including Vietnam and
Thailand. The drought has been referred to as one of
the worst droughts in Southwest Asia.
THE 17TH-CENTURY SAHEL DROUGHTS
The Sahel droughts were a series of some of the most
extreme droughts in recorded history, beginning in at
least the seventeenth century and affecting the Sahel
region, a climate zone sandwiched between the African
savannah to the south and the Sahara Desert to the
north, across West and Central Africa. The famine that
followed the severe droughts killed thousands of people
and affected the lives of millions for many decades.
THE 2015 BRAZILIAN DROUGHT
The 2015 Brazilian drought is an ongoing drought affecting
the southeast of Brazil including the metropolitan areas
of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. It has been described
as the worst drought in 80 years. The city of São Paulo
appears to be affected the most and by the beginning of
February many of its residents were subjected to
sporadic water cut-offs.
THE 1902 FEDERATION DROUGHT
During the severe, Australia-wide 1902 Federation Drought, the
total sheep population dropped to fewer than fifty-four
million from more than one hundred million sheep in 1891.
Also, cattle numbers fell by more than forty percent.
It was around 1925 before the sheep numbers
reached the hundred million mark again.
THE 2002 NORTH AMERICAN DROUGHT
The drought of 2002 was moderately widespread and
quite severe in some areas, specifically in the western
United States, the Midwest and the Mountain States.
Denver was forced to impose water restrictions for
the first time in more than twenty years and the
wildfire season was one of the most violent in
THE 2002 MALAWIAN DROUGHT
In 2002 there was a famine in Malawi that took about three
thousand lives. One of the major factors of this extreme
famine was a drought that occurred in the country
during the same period.
THE 2011 EAST AFRICA DROUGHT
Between July 2011 and mid 2012, a severe drought affected
the entirety of East Africa. The drought caused a severe
food crisis across Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya
that threatened the lives of more than ten million people.
THE GREAT CHINESE FAMINE
The Great Chinese Famine that lasted nearly three years,
from 1958 to 1961, occurred for a number of reasons
including extreme droughts. It is estimated that over
fifteen million people died during these years, while
other accounts insist that nearly forty three million
lost their lives in what is considered the worst
in recorded history.