July 6, 2011

Drought's increasing toll around the planet

In the African countries of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, more than 8 million people are short of food as the region faces the worst drought in living memory.

In southern Somalia, one in four children are acutely malnourished, while in Kenya, more than 2.4 million people are in critical need of humanitarian aid.

The USA has also been touched by drought, with Texas enduring her worst dry spell since record-keeping began 116 years ago, and farmers in the state of Georgia watching their corn and cotton crops fail as fields turn into dustbowls and rivers dwindle.

Half of Mexico is also enduring high temperatures and drought conditions, impacting agriculture and sparking wildfires. Europe too is enduring a historic drought throughout much of the north, even in areas that had previously enjoyed abundant rain. Recent rains were welcomed in England but have come too late for wheat as the average yield is expected to be the lowest in decades.

We are deeply saddened to know of the suffering faced by so many people.
Our sincere prayers that such climate calamities soon cease and harmonious weather patterns are restored as we adopt lifestyles that allow Mother Earth to revive.

Sources:
WSBTV
BBC
Prensa-Latina

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