Disasters: Drought, Death And Despair

The cruel vagaries of weather

Without rain there can be no crops. Without crops there is no food, no money and ultimately no hope. For millions of people on four continents this summer there is very little hope.

From India to South Africa, from Brazil to the Philippines, the vicious cycle of drought is having a devastating effect. Bush fires have scorched the arid ground in Ghana and Liberia; in Brazil hot winds from the east have made the desiccated ground still dryer. Some 2 million people are seriously undernourished in South Africa;...

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