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Zimbabwe says 200 elephants have now died amid drought

More than 200 elephants have died amid a severe drought, Zimbabwe’s parks agency said Tuesday, and a mass relocation of animals is planned to ease congestion.


Drought parches southern Africa, millions faced with hunger

An estimated 45 million people are threatened with hunger by a severe drought strangling wide stretches of southern Africa.


South Africa urges water restrictions as dam levels drop

South Africa’s government urged people to restrict water usage Monday as reservoir levels drop and rainfall is not expected until December.


Southern drought deepens; 11 million affected

Weeks of dry, hot weather have plunged the Deep South further into a drought that’s affecting more than 11 million people and threatening crops across the region, a new assessment …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019

Sunday rain set daily precipitation record in Spokane

Weekend storms brought much-needed rain to the Inland Northwest over the week.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019

Ecology Department warns of possible water restrictions in parched Little Spokane River Basin

Water users in the Little Spokane River Basin may have to curb their consumption if water levels dip much lower, the state Department of Ecology has warned. The agency said …


Heavy rainfall ends prolonged drought in Southern Plains

The heavy rains that caused severe flooding in the central U.S. this spring also had the positive effect of lifting the Southern Plains out of a prolonged drought.


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019

Snowmelt fills rivers in U.S. Southwest, easing drought fears

A welcome surge of melting snow is pouring out of the Rocky Mountains and into the drought-stricken rivers of the southwestern U.S., fending off a water shortage but threatening to …


UN: 2 million Somalis could die of starvation amid drought

A United Nations emergency relief coordinator says more than 2 million men, women and children could die of starvation in Somalia by summer’s end if international aid is not sent …


In the Garden: Find water-wise plants at Manito sale

If the words “drought-tolerant” make you think of a yard full of cactus, think again. There are plenty of stunning plants worth considering.


Gov. Inslee declares drought for nearly half of Washington state

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has expanded a drought emergency to nearly half the state because of worsened, poor water supply conditions and warmer and drier weather predicted throughout the summer.


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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.