The European Commission Joint Research Center has reported that two thirds of the European continent is threatened by drought, the worst for at least 500 years. European Commission spokesperson Johannes Bahrke said on Tuesday.
Chinese authorities have declared a yellow alert as the country continues to be hit by a persistent drought following weeks of high temperatures that have dried up parts of the Yangtze river, it was announced. On Beijing's scale of alerts, yellow is two notches below the most severe warning.
Drought is causing havoc in Argentina and Paraguay. Argentina’s wheat crop for the 2022/23 season is the most delayed in a decade, as a period of lack of rainfall and early frosts is forcing farmers to delay planting the winter crop.
According to the latest report from Argentina's National Water Institute (INA), the situation with the downspout of the Paraná River has improved significantly but it is still below historical figures.
Local authorities in the Chilean capital have announced a water-rationing program to cope with shortages stemming from 13-year-old droughts, it was announced Monday in Santiago.
Chile has decided to extend for three months the agriculture emergency decree to 231 farming communities in the central part of the country because of the lack of rainfall and severe drought.
Paraguay's meager output of soybeans this year will prevent it from capitalizing on soaring international prices, it was reported in Asunción.
Chilean president Gabriel Boric has called on Metropolitan Santiago residents to make rational use of drinking water, since the situation is extremely serious, following several years of drought and or insufficient rainfall.
The South American drought that has extended to several Argentine provinces and Brazilian states has also hit hard Paraguay, the world's fourth exporter of soybeans. In effect, crops are suffering and the processing industry is running out of supplies.
Paraguay's Agriculture Ministry has announced between 6 and 7 million tons of soybeans were to be harvested this season against the original projections of 10 million due to the unprecedented weather conditions.