World Environment Day: drought drives global rise in hunger – in pictures

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    Carcasses of goats inSomaliland
    Carcasses of goats are seen near Jidhi town in Awdal, Somaliland, in April.

    On World Environment Day, more than a quarter of a billion people, half of them children, are suffering the impact of severe drought across three continents. Aid agencies are working to deliver emergency food parcels to prevent people starving, and to help build livelihood resilience to extreme weather events.

    This picture gallery put together by The Guarduan UK is so gripping in explaining just how at risk the environment is:

    WED 1
    In India’s Lalitpur district, Avadrani, a widow, has been unable to find work during the drought. She walks across the parched landscape with her son, Somath, to collect an emergency relief package that will help feed her family for a month. More than 300 million people in India have been affected by the two-year drought
    Photograph: Tiatemjen Jamir/World Vision

    WED 2
    Because of the drought, Karori, 60, from Achanwara in India, has lost the crop that would have provided the annual income to feed his family. ‘I can only pray to God now for the rains to come so our hardships may be lifted,’ he says
    Photograph: Tiatemjen Jamir/World Vision

    WED 3
    Maurice Kaduka Lukaro, 54, inspects his beehives. His region of Kenya has been ravaged by drought, but for three years he has been involved in a World Vision land management programme to plant and retain acacia trees. He says the trees reduce the topsoil blowing away, boost the soil with organic matter and provide shade to livestock, which drop manure.
    Photograph: World Vision

    WED 4
    In Ethiopia, Tadesse, 73, inspects his severely malnourished stock. During his country’s worst drought in 50 years, he has lost 15 sheep and two cows. Ethiopia’s farmers have lost a million head of cattle and 90% of their crops. An estimated 430,000 children are facing malnutrition this year
    Photograph: Diwa Aquino-Gacosta/World Vision

    WED 5
    Precious inspects her family’s failed crop in Malawi. Twenty-eight million people across six southern African countries face starvation due to a drought linked to the El Niño weather phenomenon
    Photograph: Charles Kabena/World Vision

    WED 6
    Children in Malawi, which has been affected by the El Niño-related drought
    Photograph: Charles Kabena/World Vision

    WED 7
    Ma Moe Thu, 11, and Zin Mar Win, 7, carry clean water across the rice paddy fields to their home in Dala, Myanmar. Residents of Dala now get drinking water from local donors organised by Buddhist monks, after almost all the local lakes and ponds dried up. Farmers in Myanmar suffer from a lack of accessible water as El Niño brings record high temperature and drought
    Photograph: Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images

    WED 8
    Fishermen search for a catch in the mud of a dried-up pond in Cambodia’s drought-hit Kandal province
    Photograph: Samrang Pring/Reuters

    WED 9
    In Zimbabwe’s Chivi district, Last Zimaniwa touches the parched ground at a spot that used to be a reliable source of water but has since dried up due to lack of rain
    Photograph: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP

    WED 11
    Children look at their sheep, which have been affected by drought, at a temporary shelter in Maroodi Jeex town in southern Hargeysa, in the semi-autonomous Somaliland region of Somalia
    Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters

    Before the drought
    On the parched ground of the Tisma lagoon wetland park, in Nicaragua, an image is seen of how the park looked in 2008, before the drought
    Photograph: Oswaldo Rivas / Reuters/Reuters

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