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Current situation
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Drought monitor California

Situation in California*

* The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.

Some areas currently in drought

Wherever you are, you don't have to go far to find cities, countries and regions currently experiencing acute or chronic drought conditions. Please click here for a list of the most water-stressed large cities around the world.

Namibia: For years it has been raining less than usual. Due to the on-going drought farmers need emergency payments from the government in order to survive.

UAE & Saudi Arabia: One of the world's driest regions; the population is growing fast and thus the available amount of water per person is shrinking. The little groundwater that there is is used at an unsustainable rate. Building massive desalination plants and cancals to pump water from the coast to places far away from the sea does not solve the problem and creates a new one: it requires tremendous amounts of energy.

Lebanon: There hasn't been enough rain and drought has been the result. This affects the capacity to grow food. The situation is exacerbated by numerous Syrian refugees having fled here.

São Paulo (Brazil): Rainfall has been sparse and a drought of unseen dimensions is the result. The reservoirs are nearly empty; in some households water is already shut off some days of the week.

India: There wasn't enough rain during the Monsoon season; farmers are struggling to produce enough food.

China: In some regions and large cities especially in the North, drought is on-going. In many places the water is polluted and its quality more than questionable.

California (USA): The state has been in drought for four years. Reservoirs are at historic lows; use restrictions have been put in place. Californians have been asked to reduce their water use by 25%.