Uddhav ​Thackeray asks Shiv Sena ministers to gear up, visit Marathwada

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has pulled up his party ministers for "not doing enough to help" people affected by water crisis in Marathwada region and asked them to "gear up" by visiting the drought-hit areas.

Villagers await drought relief in Beed district, threaten 'mass suicide'

Residents of a village in drought-hit Marathwada's Beed district have threatened self-immolation to protest non-availability of drought relief measures.

Setback for Modi govt as 2015 likely to be drought year
Setback for Modi govt as 2015 likely to be drought year

India`s monsoon rains are likely to be below the prior forecast of 88 percent of the long-term average, the weather office chief said, which could make it the driest year since 2009 and worsen rural distress by cutting farm output.

Maharashtra using drones to survey crop losses in drought-hit parts

 The Maharashtra government, for the first time, will use two drones in the drought-hit Osmanabad district to survey the loss of crops due to water scarcity.

Central team to be sent to Karnataka to assess drought: PM Modi

 A central team is being sent to Karnataka soon to assess the drought situation there, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told an all-party delegation from the state led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah which raised the matter along with a number of other issues.

Ignoring looming drought in Bihar, politicians fight for ''pride'' and ''change''

A drought-like situation in Bihar is a serious issue for millions of farmers, but not for the politicians, including the main contenders in the electoral stakes -- Janata Dal-United (JDU), Rashtriya Janada Dal (RJD), Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance(NDA).

Pankaja Munde explains why this man carried her slippers
Pankaja Munde explains why this man carried her slippers

Maharashtra's Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde, who is in spot after a member of her staff was seen carrying her slippers, on Thursday clarified that the man was a member of her personal staff and not a government employee.

Drought causes Panama Canal to reduce ship size

The Panama Canal will temporarily limit the size of ships using the waterway due to a drought caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon, authorities said Friday.

India retains June-Sept Monsoon rainfall forecast in likely drought year

India has retained its forecast for this year`s monsoon rains at 88 percent of the long-period average, the weather office said on Monday, adding the El Nino weather pattern could strengthen during the rest of the season.

Natural disasters kill over 370 in China in first half of 2015

At least 379 people have been killed and 56 others missing in natural disasters in China during the first six months this year, an official report said on Thursday.

UNICEF warns of child deaths in North Korea drought

A serious drought in North Korea requires urgent action to prevent the deaths of children already weakened by widespread malnutrition, the UN children`s fund, UNICEF, warned Thursday.

Drought-hit North Korea seeks aid from ally Iran

Drought-hit North Korea on Tuesday asked for humanitarian aid from its historic ally Iran, Iranian state media reported.

Rains rally Asia crops in El Nino year, but relief seen short-lived

Surprisingly strong rains in an El Nino year, typically marked by droughts in parts of Asia, have eased concerns of a lower crop output in the region.  

Typhoon to hit China's southern island of Hainan, seen easing drought

More than 40,000 people have been evacuated from China`s southern island of Hainan ahead of the expected landfall of the year`s first typhoon late on Monday, although it should help ease a severe drought, state media said.

Typhoon to hit China's Hainan, seen easing drought
Typhoon to hit China's Hainan, seen easing drought

 The first typhoon of the year to hit China is expected to make landfall on or near the southern island of Hainan on Monday, which should help ease a severe drought on the tourist centre and rubber producer, state news agency Xinhua said.

China says willing to help drought-hit North Korea

China`s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the government was willing to help drought-stricken North Korea, after the isolated country said it was suffering its worst drought in a century.

North Korea hit by worst drought in a century: State media

North Korea has been hit by its worst drought in a century, state media said today, sparking fears of worsening food shortages in the impoverished communist country.

North Korea says hit by worst drought in 100 yrs
North Korea says hit by worst drought in 100 yrs

North Korea said on Tuesday it has been hit by the worst drought in a century, compounding chronic food shortages in the reclusive country where almost one third of children under five are stunted due to malnourishment.