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UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 12:10 p.m.

North Korea says it is suffering worst drought in decades

North Korea said Wednesday it is suffering its worst drought in nearly four decades amid reports of severe food shortages.


Plan to combat drought in West hinges on California, Arizona

A California irrigation district with the highest-priority rights to water from a major Western river is using its power to demand federal funds to restore the state’s largest lake, hoping …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019, 1:33 p.m.

NOAA predicting warmer- and drier-than-normal spring

Officials say snowpack levels in northern Idaho and Washington have improved over the last month, but both states could still be heading for an abnormally dry summer.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 24, 2019, 9:11 p.m.

Snow eases drought concerns in Washington, Idaho, to a degree

Idaho and Washington could be headed for an abnormally dry summer. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently issued a climate prediction showing a worsening outlook for drought across the …


U.S. states to meet at deadline on Colorado River drought plan

With drought entering a second decade and reservoirs continuing to shrink, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River for crop irrigation and drinking water had been …


Drought reveals ancient ‘hunger stones’ in European river

Due to this summer’s drought in Central Europe, boulders known as “hunger stones” are reappearing in the Elbe River.


Drought conditions begin to creep into Idaho

Idaho is seeing more hot, dry weather and with it some parts of the state are experiencing drought.


Klamath commissioners declare drought emergency

Klamath County officials have declared a drought emergency, as county commissioners worry that the upcoming irrigation season may be the driest in several years and could cause millions of dollars …


Water use climbs in California enclaves as drought returns

Overall water use is climbing in Southern California as that part of the state plunges back into drought, driving state and regional water managers as they consider permanently reinstating some …


Oregon’s warm winter raises fear of summer drought

If winter weather doesn’t arrive soon, Oregon could be facing a summer drought.


Drought deepens dramatically in Southern California

California is rapidly plunging back into drought, with severe conditions now existing in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties – home to one-fourth of the state’s population, a U.S. …


United States gives Ethiopia $91 million in drought aid for food and medicine

The United States will provide an additional $91 million in humanitarian aid for Ethiopia to cope with a third straight year of drought, the top U.S. official in charge of …


Officials seek trucking help for donated drought-relief hay

Officials in North Dakota have arranged for tons of donated hay for drought-impacted ranchers in the Dakotas and Montana. Now they need truckers to haul it.


Nearly all of Montana is in or trending toward drought

Nearly all of Montana is experiencing drought or trending toward drought, fueling wildfires and costing farmers millions of dollars.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

Drought spreads and intensifies across U.S. Northern Plains

HELENA, Mont. – The drought plaguing eastern Montana and much of North and South Dakota came on quickly and is intensifying, leading ranchers to sell their cattle and farmers to …


‘Flash drought’ spreads across Montana in less than 3 months

The drought that is plaguing eastern Montana came on fast.


UPDATED: Sat., July 15, 2017, 4:54 p.m.

Drought in High Plains the worst some farmers have ever seen

Drought in North Dakota is laying waste to fields of normally bountiful food and hay crops and searing pastures that typically would be home to multitudes of grazing cattle.


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 3:53 p.m.

Extreme heat broils the Dakotas and Montana; flash drought takes toll on wheat crop

A massive and intense heat dome has spread over the northern Plains and mountain West, sucking moisture out of the soil, and may persist for weeks. The scorching heat and …


20,000 children in Somalia risk starvation, aid group says

An aid group is warning that more than 20,000 children in drought-hit Somalia could starve to death in the coming months without continued international assistance.


Extreme drought may lead to low wheat crop yield in Montana

An extreme drought in northeastern Montana is causing major problems for wheat farmers in the region.


UN chief: Drought-stricken Somalia ‘hangs in the balance’

British Prime Minster Theresa May and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday for more support for drought-stricken Somalia, with the U.N. chief requesting another $900 million in aid this year.


UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 7:13 p.m.

Drought-hit Somalia moves closer to famine, says aid group

Life-threatening child malnutrition rates are rising to alarming levels in drought-hit Somalia, the international aid group Save the Children said Thursday.


Gov. Brown says California drought emergency is over

Startlingly green hills, surging rivers and the snow-wrapped Sierra Nevada had already signaled what Gov. Jerry Brown made official on Friday: The long California drought is over.


Drought-stricken Somalia battles hunger and cholera

The cholera epidemic is most prevalent among women and children. Cholera outbreaks often occur in refugee camps due to overcrowding and poor sanitation. Water scarcity also remains a major problem …


UPDATED: Tue., March 14, 2017, 11:32 p.m.

Drought in Somalia exacts heavy toll on herders

Ahmed Haji turns from his visibly dehydrated animals and whispers: “I am lost.” Trying to flee the worsening drought, he trekked thousands of kilometers with a herd that once numbered …


UPDATED: Sat., March 11, 2017, 11:36 p.m.

Worries growing for wheat farmers

Farmers are facing a belt-tightening year as wheat prices slip below the break-even mark, signaling the third consecutive year of financial hardship.


UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 8:29 p.m.

Washington water forecast dramatically improves in February

A very wet February has dramatically improved the water supply forecast for Washington state.


Somalia: 110 dead from hunger in past 48 hours in drought

Somalia’s prime minister said Saturday that 110 people have died from hunger in the past 48 hours in a single region – the first death toll announced in a severe …


Drought, hunger push Somalis to flee amid fears of famine

Her eyes glued to the feeble movements of her malnourished baby with protruding ribs and sunken eyes, Fadumo Abdi Ibrahim struggled to hold back her tears in the stifling and …


Study: Global warming is shrinking river vital to 40M people

Global warming is already shrinking the Colorado River, the most important waterway in the American Southwest, and it could reduce the flow by more than a third by the end …