Rains in drought-hit Cape Town cause minor flooding

Rains in drought-hit Cape Town cause minor flooding

Heavy rain over the last 24 hours has blocked roads and disrupted traffic in South Africa's drought-hit Cape Town, city officials said on Thursday.

Tempers flare at Cape Town water collection point

Tempers flare at Cape Town water collection point

Tensions are mounting at a natural spring in Cape Town that is popular with residents forced to contend with water restrictions due to severe drought, the city council said on Wednesday.

Drought-hit Cape Town tightens water targets

Drought-hit Cape Town tightens water targets

Struggling to cope with its worst drought in a century, Cape Town, South Africa's second-largest city and a major tourist hub, last cut water consumption targets in October.

Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought

Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought

Spain and Portugal are grappling with a devastating drought which has left rivers nearly dry, sparked deadly wildfires and devastated crops -- and experts warn that prolonged dry spells will become more frequent.

Italy busts volunteers who faked and started fires for cash

Italy busts volunteers who faked and started fires for cash

A Sicilian volunteer firefighter who started fires and made fake emergency calls to earn a stipend for responding to them has been arrested, Italian police said on Monday.

Rome may resort to water rationing due to drought

Rome may resort to water rationing due to drought

Authorities have ordered a halt to pumping water out of a lake near Rome following a prolonged drought, a decision that could force city officials to impose water rationing in the Italian capital.

India likely to receive normal monsoon rains this year

India likely to receive normal monsoon rains this year

India's crucial monsoon rains are forecast to be normal this year, the weather office said on Tuesday, bringing hope to the agricultural sector which employs 60% of the population and has been hit by drought in recent years.

Flash floods leave 15 dead in central India

Flash floods leave 15 dead in central India

Flash floods from torrential downpours in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have killed 15 people, with seven deaths over the weekend, and left thousands of people displaced, authorities said on Sunday.

Drought-hit Indian kids to get free meals over holidays

Drought-hit Indian kids to get free meals over holidays

India's top court Friday ordered state governments to provide free meals to schoolchildren even during the summer break as the country reels from the impact of one of the worst droughts on record.

Malawi president declares national disaster after drought

Malawi president declares national disaster after drought

Malawian President Peter Mutharika on Wednesday declared a state of national disaster due to food shortages caused by drought, in the latest sign of alarm over a hunger crisis across southern Africa.

In drought-hit central Nicaragua, water 'is like looking for gold'

In drought-hit central Nicaragua, water 'is like looking for gold'

Nicaragua may boast a southern lake that is Central America's biggest body of freshwater, but in the center of the country years of drought have taken a severe toll.

Two killed in Philippines as police disperse drought protest

Two killed in Philippines as police disperse drought protest

Two people were killed in the southern Philippines after clashes between police and thousands of drought-hit farmers protesting over a lack of food, a demonstration leader said Saturday.