5 Most Severe Drought

According to David Miskus, a drought expert and meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, a drought is caused by not only lack of precipitation and high temperatures but also by overuse and overpopulation, and it can occur in virtually all climates.

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The 17th-century Sahel Droughts

The 17th-century Sahel Droughts

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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.

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The 1902 Federation Drought

The 1902 Federation Drought

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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.

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The 2002 North American Drought

The 2002 North American Drought

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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 recent history.

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The 2002 Malawian Drought

The 2002 Malawian Drought

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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.

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