Latest Droughts News

An Afghan village shrivels in worst drought in decades

Dec. 09, 2021 01:03 AM EST

KAMAR KALAGH, Afghanistan (AP) — Hajji Wali Jan brought a half-dozen plastic containers to the well in Kamar Kalagh on a recent Friday — one of the handful of days each week he and those who live on his side of this Afghan village ae allowed to use the water source. When it was...

New Mexico preps for future shortages on Pecos River

Dec. 08, 2021 12:43 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s top water official has issued an order establishing the framework for dealing with future water shortages on the Pecos River. Water managers have been augmenting supplies in southeastern New Mexico by pumping groundwater, allowing farmers to...

Californians cut water use 13% in October; still behind goal

Dec. 07, 2021 21:09 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians stepped up their water conservation in October, a move made easier by a massive storm that dumped record rain in some parts of the state but still wasn't enough to combat the drought. Collectively, people reduced their water use by 13.2%...

Dry California may get some rain next week

Dec. 03, 2021 12:09 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Parts of drought-stricken California may get some rain next week, forecasters said Friday. A weak weather system passing through Monday and early Tuesday will bring chances of rain to the northern end of the Central Valley and over the...

Dry weather has SC firefighters worried about outdoor fires

Dec. 03, 2021 11:58 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Firefighters are urging people in South Carolina to be extra careful if they burn yard debris or set other fires over the weekend. The state Forestry Commission did not issue any red flag alerts as of Friday because winds aren't expected to be high...

Wildfire destroys 24 houses in central Montana town

Dec. 02, 2021 18:59 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A late-season wildfire that came amid unseasonably warm weather and was pushed by strong winds ripped through a tiny central Montana farming town overnight, burning 24 homes and four grain elevators that had stood for more than a century. Fire crews...

Christmas tree buyers face reduced supplies, higher prices

Dec. 02, 2021 13:12 PM EST

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Even Christmas trees aren’t immune to the pandemic-induced shortages and inflation plaguing the economy. Extreme weather and supply chain disruptions have reduced supplies of both real and artificial trees this season. American shoppers should...

Aid official: Afghanistan's crises get 'progressively worse'

Dec. 02, 2021 12:10 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan is being hit by multiple crises that are “progressively getting worse,” with drought, economic collapse and displacement all pushing the population into catastrophic hunger, a senior international aid official said Thursday. The...

California water districts to get 0% of requested supplies

Dec. 01, 2021 18:49 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Water agencies in drought-stricken California that serve 27 million residents and 750,000 acres of farmland won’t get any of the water they've requested from the state heading into 2022 other than what's needed for critical health and safety, state officials...

Study: Climate change not causing Madagascar drought, famine

Dec. 01, 2021 18:21 PM EST

Don’t blame climate change for the devastating Madagascar drought and famine, scientists said in a new analysis Wednesday. World Weather Attribution, which does real time studies of extreme weather throughout the world, examined the drought, which...