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NATURAL DISASTERS: Droughts

Droughts 101

Did You Know?

In the Horn of Africa, the 1984-1985 drought led to a famine which killed 750,000 people.

Droughts

A drought is a prolonged, abnormally dry period when there is not enough water for users' normal needs. Drought is not simply low rainfall; if it was, much of inland Australia would be in almost perpetual drought. 

(Source: Bureau of Meteorology, 2013)

 

Bureau of Meteorology

National Drought Mitigation Centre

Australia Disaster Mapper

World Disaster Mapper

 

 

 

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