Water is life - and when it's gone, the thirst comes.
Times with less water, or droughts, have always been a natural part of weather around the planet. But climate change has been linked with more frequent, more severe and longer dry spells. Especially in more arid regions of the developing world, drought often causes crop losses or lower yields, which threatens food security there. Drought is also increasingly becoming a problem for hydropower, or generation of electricity with water. In addition, drought is linked with stronger and more intense wildfire, and even with political instability.
As world leaders meet in New York for a summit on the climate crisis, we see how Ethiopia's Somali region is feeling its effects. We also ask what actions African governments are taking to counter global warming. DW's correspondent gives an update on Monday’s school collapse in Kenya. Plus, we visit Nigeria's celebrated visual artist Gerald Chukwuma and the cans on his canvasses.
This year the 'belg' rainy season once again failed to bring much needed relief to the drought-striken region. Pastoral communities say they fear for the future of their livelihoods as experts blame climate change.
Over the past 30 years, droughts have become more intense and frequent in Somalia. This year alone, 100,000 Somalis were displaced by drought, according to humanitarian aid organization Norwegian Refugee Council. Many Somalis have fled to neighboring Kenya. Andrew Wasike went to the Dadaab refugee camp to talk to Somalis who say climate change has forced them out of their homes.
Prolonged droughts and crop failures are causing some Indian villages to empty. For the women and elderly left behind, it's a struggle. As temperatures continue to rise, there's little hope their loved ones will return.