Drought is a common occurrence across the globe, but for some regions, particularly those in Asia and Africa, the impact is more extreme.
A new study from the University of Michigan suggests that areas that are experiencing severe droughts or are prone to them may be among the world’s most vulnerable.
The researchers surveyed nearly 1,500 people in 11 countries, looking at how people in those areas fared when faced with the threat of severe drought.
The results were startling: In the driest countries, people lived in conditions that were far worse than in the more fertile countries.
In addition, the areas where people were forced to live had the highest levels of severe water stress in the world.
What’s more, the people in the drier regions were far more likely to have lost everything they owned, including everything from livestock to cars.
Here’s what we learned about how extreme droughting has affected people in places like the Amazon.
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