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Last Updated: 23 April 2022

Drought is a long term completely dry period in the natural climate cycle that can occur anywhere in the world. Drought can have a major impact on wellness, agriculture, economic situations, energy and the environment. Water shortage effects 40% of the world's population, and as many as 700 million people are at-risk of being displaced as a result of drought by 2030. Rising temperature levels created by climate change are making already completely dry regions drier and wet regions wetter. In completely dry areas, this suggests that when temperatures increase, water vaporizes quicker, and thus increases the risk of drought or lengthens periods of drought. In between 80-90% of all recorded calamities from natural hazards throughout the past 10 years have arised from floods, dry spells, tropical cyclones, warm front and extreme storms. Serious drought can additionally impact air top quality by making wildfires and dirt storms most likely, enhancing wellness risk in people already influenced by lung conditions, like asthma or chronic obstructive lung disease, or with heart problem.

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