Dry Droughts

Dry and Deadly

How droughts form

Droughts occur when a region receives consistently below average precipitation. It can have a substantial impact on the ecosystem and agriculture of the affected region.

Were droughts can happen

Droughts usually form near warm and dry places
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Periods of droughts can have significant environmental, agricultural, health, economic and social consequences. The effect varies according to vulnerability. For example, subsistence farmers are more likely to migrate during drought because they do not have alternative food sources. Areas with populations that depend on water sources as a major food source are more vulnerable to famine.

Drought can also reduce water quality because lower water flows reduce dilution of pollutants and increase contamination of remaining water sources. Common consequences of drought include: