Droughts: How Does It Affect People, Animals And Their Homes?

Extreme Weather Featured Image 5

As the current issue on BNC is Extreme Weather: Global Coversation, I thought it would be a good idea to share my thoughts on droughts and how they affect things. Droughts are caused when the area of a place is above-average temperature and the ground slowly starts to crack. They can also occur when there is not enough rain for a long amount of time or when the Earth where the drought is happening hasn't had enough moisture from any source being it snow, rain or any moisturising thing. Droughts often happen in places close to the Equator where there might not be enough water to grow and water crops. Unlike other wetter natural disasters, a drought can happen over weeks, months or even years until it clears for a while. It can be very hard to tell when a drought has started or ended.

How does it affect people?

Droughts can be hard for people living in hot areas as there might be a shortage of water for them to drink. In places like Africa, where days are really hot and riverscan be far away for some, people young and old will walk barefoot to the nearest well with a large bowl on their heads and scoop water into their bowl and carry it all the way home. This trip can happen everyday. But, the water isn't always clean. This can lead to severe health problems. The unclean water can cause the crops to fail so there won't be enough food to go around. Farmers who look after the crops won't get paid so the area will become poor quickly. The water isn't just for drinking, though. Water can be used for many things like cooking and bathing. Not everyone has clean water so they can get sick quickly too. If a family has a father who lost his job as a farmer because of a pay shortage and the mother doesn't work at all, there will not be much money to buy food, water and medicine for the sick ones.

How does it affect animals and their homes?

The same goes for animals as people. Animals get their water from a river but when a drought happens, the river will dry up and there won't be much for all of them to share. If an animal lives in a tree, the sun will dry out the leaves quickly and the animal could loose their home because the branches would become frail and that won't protect them from the sun. If a drought is really hot, the the branches could catch fire, causing a wildfire to break out, destroying millions of homes and claiming lives of innocent animals and people.

I got my infomation from Newsround.

To conclude, these are the effects of a drought, how it happens and what it can cause. Let me know what you think about the effects of droughts, too.

Comments (79)

  • global-conversation.png ethical_conversation | Irene Secondary School | Kenya
    23 Apr 2020

    The effects of drought is affect people's healthcare and safety .
    The temperature increases more water evaporates severe weather conditions increases.
    It leads to loss of plant life,the health plant growing in a low-water.
    This includes the dieback of branches and death of the plant as the plants capacity to absorb water is damaged.
    Reduced crop yields livestock losses or pond depletion.
    Examples of drought impacts on society include anxiety or depression about economic losses conflicts when there is not enough water, reduced incomes few recreational activities higher incident of heatstroke and even loss of human life.
    This are the effects of drought to the society and environment.
    Thanks for reading

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png honest_sea | Sacred Heart School | Ghana
    23 Apr 2020

    It affects us in many ways, and they are:

    1. Plants depend on water for their survival.
    2 Animals depend on water and plants for their survival.
    3.Human beings depend on water, plants and also animals as meat for their survival.
    So, if there no water, plants, animals and human beings can not survive because they all depend on water, food and oxygen.
    We know that humans breathe out carbon dioxide, plants also take in the carbon dioxide and give out oxygen to human beings and animals. So every creation of God depends on each other and every creature has their purpose.

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png entrepreneurial_robin | Achimota Basic School | Ghana
    23 Apr 2020

    I think droughts does not only affect animals and people but also the land is wasted too. Since it cannot be used for anything productive because there is no sign of water in the soil.

    Reply to this comment
      1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
        kind_wallaby's comment 24 Apr 2020

        Can you develop the discussion by adding more questions or evidence?

        Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png champion_bee | Achimota Basic School | Ghana
    23 Apr 2020

    Drought can affect every aspect of our living, when there is drought the weather becomes very dry which destroys our plant and trees, therefore preventing us from obtaining carbon dioxide from our trees which can cause harm to human.
    When there is drought our animals do not get plants to feed on which could cause their death.

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png champion_bee | Achimota Basic School | Ghana
    23 Apr 2020

    Preventing us from obtaining oxygen not carbon dioxide. It was a typing mistake.

    Reply to this comment
    1. global-conversation.png intellectual_vegetable | Al – Fukhari Prep. Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      champion_bee's comment 23 Apr 2020

      Correct words are sound
      Drought is very dangerous and results in damages, many of which are high temperature, lack of water and many difficulties for a person.
      Greetings, student of Al-Fokhari School, and a greeting to the owners of the project, and a greeting to my distinguished teacher, Fadwa Shaat

      Reply to this comment
      1. tom Tom @ the BNC
        intellectual_vegetable's comment 24 Apr 2020

        That's a nice ending to your message but it's best if we keep teacher's name off the Hub, as this is a place for you to discuss things with other children!

        Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png intellectual_vegetable | Al – Fukhari Prep. Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    23 Apr 2020

    drought
    A drought is a long period of abnormally low rainfall, especially one that is harmful to agriculture and the ecosystem. In some cases, it may have a devastating impact on living conditions and the local economy, particularly in developing countries.

    The length of a drought could range anywhere from a few months to several years. Often, they will cause mass migration as people will try to pursue a better quality of life.

    The United Nation reports that every year, an area of fertile soil the size of Ukraine is lost due to drought, as well as deforestation and climate instability.

    Drought is one of the many effects of climate change. However, it should be noted that droughts should not be confused with desertification, another consequence of climate change.The student Rania Maher Salem Kawareh
    Al-Fokhari Preparatory School
    Honorable Fadwa Shaat

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png amazing_deer | Rev Father Lemmens Basic School | Ghana
    23 Apr 2020

    Drought also affects the environment in many different ways. Plant and animals depend on water,just like people. When a drought occurs,their food supply can shrink and their habit can be damaged....increase in diseases in wild animals, because of reduced food and water supplies.
    r

    Reply to this comment
  • Lyons Hall Primary School intrepid_hurricane | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    24 Apr 2020

    Thank you for commenting on my post. Now it's my turn to share more of my thoughts on the topic Droughts. I think that the most negative side of droughts is how long they last. If they last for a week or two, then people will be able to treat themselves with what they need because of the water they have again which can -like I said in my post- help farmers get the money that they need to keep their families healthy again. But, if a drought lasts for months or even years then that is a long time without water which is needed for many things to help them in their daily lives. The families suffering the droughts may want to move to somewhere colder where droughts don't happen but they might not have enough money. The wells which people would go to might be crowded everyday and so there wouldn't be enough for them all to get what they want. Its the same with the animals. They need water to drink and clean themselves but if a drought comes and stays for years, then those animals will become sick and dirty because everyone in that area has to use the same water as everyone else.
    To conclude, I think that this is the most negative side of droughts and their effects.
    -intrepid_hurricane

    Reply to this comment
    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      intrepid_hurricane's comment 24 Apr 2020

      Thank you for outlining so many consequences of droughts. How do you think we could prevent some of these?

      Reply to this comment
      1. global-conversation.png lovable_agency | Rev Father Lemmens Basic School | Ghana
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 13 May 2020

        Thanks,I think the best way to avoid drought is to construct more wells.

        Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png decisive_song | Good Shepherd Minor Secondary School | Kenya
    24 Apr 2020

    On me I thing that drought pandemic is the most affecting pandemic in Africa continent and more so in kenya expecially in northern parts is affect both livestock and human thus it leds to crime such as cattle rusting thus creating inter-community civil war thus making community not to co-operate due to indifferences among them thus reducing economy rate of the country and also it led to high mortality rate in those parts . Therefore I will say the cure for drought pandemic is responsibility by being planting trees cause along journey start with a single step so if we start planting trees we will conqour drought pandemic and to counter the effect we stop deforestation. Because TOGETHER WE CAN

    Reply to this comment
    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      decisive_song's comment 24 Apr 2020

      Thank you for sharing your experiences, and then speaking up with a suggestion for how to make things better!

      Reply to this comment
      1. global-conversation.png intellectual_vegetable | Al – Fukhari Prep. Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 24 Apr 2020

        thank you
        We can reduce drought in many ways, including: desalination, rainwater harvesting, drip irrigation, and crop engineering that keeps plants moisture from the outside and protecting them from drought
        I hope you like it

        Reply to this comment
    2. global-conversation.png loving_writer | Irene Secondary School | Kenya
      decisive_song's comment 22 May 2020

      I agree with you decisive_song that many parts of the country have been affected by extreme weather
      Thankyou

      Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png determined_world | Sacred Heart School | Ghana
    24 Apr 2020

    Droughts can deny animals like crocodiles, turtles and other fishes their habitats. Famine also results from droughts because crops fail to yield fruits. The environment and the atmosphere become unfriendly for both humans and animals.

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png idealistic_octopus | Donholm Primary School | Kenya
    25 Apr 2020

    Drought affect human beings,animals and plantation,when there is no rain for long period then people suffer because people, animals and crops depends on water to survive, people die of hunger, crops dry animals die too, it's better if we plant more trees and to prevent people who cut tress,and if you cut one you must plant at least two to avoid this drought pandemic

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png dazzling_camel | Al – Fukhari Prep. Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    25 Apr 2020

    Drought in countries leads to more deaths😣😟💗

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png dazzling_camel | Al – Fukhari Prep. Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    25 Apr 2020

    Dry land is not suitable for agriculture and not suitable for living💕💕

    Reply to this comment
    1. eliotcohen.jpg EXPERT: Eliot Cohen, Trainee, banking and finance @ Clifford Chance
      dazzling_camel's comment 29 Apr 2020

      Can you think of any technology being used to sustain people that live in dry land? Perhaps planting certain types of crop or keeping mixed herds, such as cattle, camel and goat?

      Reply to this comment
      1. global-conversation.png dazzling_camel | Al – Fukhari Prep. Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Eliot Cohen, Trainee, banking and finance @ Clifford Chance's comment 29 Apr 2020

        I suggest using new livelihoods that are far from traditional methods such as hydroponics instead of traditional and well managed water and soil and occasions to rehabilitate the deserted lands and do not forget the assistance of international organizations to them I hope I have answered your question ❤️

        Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png quickwitted_piano | Good Shepherd Minor Secondary School | Kenya
    27 Apr 2020

    In my reasoning drought affects most parts of Kenya especially the northern. This is caused by cutting of trees hence causes lack of water hence leading to the death of animals and even human beings. This is because water is the most essential thing in life without water many things can't go well like growing of plants which leads to lack of food which leads to death of living things. We can stop this by planting of trees and caring for them. The trees helps in attracting rain.

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png rhetorical_recipe | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    29 Apr 2020

    I think we are the primary cause of drought in the areas affected by such. This is because we are fund of deforestation without afforestation and this could cause fertile lands to become arid. We should be able to develop a culture of afforestation in order to reduce the rate of droughts in our different communities.

    Reply to this comment
    1. mollymargiotta.jpg EXPERT: Molly Margiotta, Capital Markets Trainee @ Clifford Chance
      rhetorical_recipe's comment 29 Apr 2020

      Can you think of ways that a culture of afforestation could be developed? Do you think the government needs to help in developing this culture or should it be down to each of us?

      Reply to this comment
      1. global-conversation.png rhetorical_recipe | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Molly Margiotta, Capital Markets Trainee @ Clifford Chance's comment 30 Apr 2020

        Actually it is both an individual and collective effort. We should help to practice afforestation as a culture and ask for the aid of the government while performing our own duties.

        Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png determined_world | Sacred Heart School | Ghana
    29 Apr 2020

    THE EFFECTS OF DROUGHT.
    Its Effect On People.
    Droughts' effects on people can be very devastating. Drought is usually characterized by little or no rain and also hot weather. In my area, getting water to drink becomes a problem because the streams and rivers which serve as the source of water for my people dry up. It renders many of our people impoverished since their crops fail to produce. Their plights are worsened if they went for a loan to farm. Paying back this loan becomes a problem. They usually end up suffering from high blood pressure and other related diseases as they become anxious about that precarious situation. Some fishermen also lose their job as the water from which they fish also dry up.
    Students also go to school very late and some even do not go to school at all because they have to travel a long distance in search of water, making it very difficult to prepare for school.
    There are also health issues resulting from the shortages of water due to drought. Diseases like diarrhoea and cholera become common during drought in my area. This emanates from drinking unclean water. Others even suffer from strange skin rashes when they bath with this water. What is even disheartening is when we have to compete with cows and other domestic animals for few water left in our streams and rivers which has serious health implications for my people.
    The Effects On Animals and their Homes.
    In my area for instance, during the period of drought, some hunters known in my language as " Kye-No-Kye'' go to the bush to hunt for animals and because the bush is very dry, they normally set fire in the bush to compel the animals to come out of the bush in order to be killed.This fire can destroy wide area of the bush making most of the animals homeless endangering their lives as well. Some of them are also killed by the fire.
    And also some of the rivers that serve as the sources of drinking water for these animals get dried up causing a lot of inconveniences to the animals.

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png jolly_chocolate | Sacred Heart School | Ghana
    30 Apr 2020

    Thank you so much for commenting on my post. Drought can affect people’s health and safety. Examples of drought impacts on the society include anxiety or depression about economic losses, conflicts when there is not enough water, reduced income , fewer recreational activities, higher incidents of heat stroke, and even loss of human lives.
    The environmental effects of a drought can include
    . Wetlands dry up. A deficit of water can lead to the drying out of wetlands habitats.
    . The health of plants is adversely impacted. Drought always leads to loss of plants life.
    . Loss of biodiversity.
    . Animals are forced to migrate.
    Drought also affect the environment in many different ways. Plants and animals depend on water, just like we peoples do. When drought occurs, their food supply can shrink and their habitats can be damaged. Increase in disease in animals, because of reduced food and water supplies. Stay safe.

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png invigorated_chicken | Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girl's School, Elelenwo | Nigeria
    30 Apr 2020

    It affects us in many ways
    •Agriculture
    • Health
    • Human lives

    Reply to this comment
  • Lyons Hall Primary School gregarious_ukulele | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    30 Apr 2020

    droughts could lead to a lot of animals dying witch could then lead to exciton for some animals.

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png inspiring_grape | Sacred Heart School | Ghana
    30 Apr 2020

    The Effect Of Drought To Humans ,Plants And Animals

    I think that drought is also a pandemic that mostly affect the Africa's continent.It affect humans in many ways:
    1.If the earth becomes hot,no living thing cannot survive on.
    2.Plants and animals will survive depending on mostly water,if there is drought,would plants and animals survive!
    3.If every plant and animal die in this hot place and with no water,would humans eat!No,Because of this severe heat no living thing can survive.
    4.Humans cannot build their animal's habitats for their animals.
    5.Plants cannot survive without water and do not need too much of sun light from the sun.I think drought is not a good extreme weather event so we must stop the bad doings to bring drought to destroy the beautiful things our creater and us did and also I thank you for bringing this topic o extreme weather event.

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png delightful_snow | Donholm Primary School | Kenya
    30 Apr 2020

    Drought is a bad effect. Animals move around looking for water, people mourn because of drought. There is oxygen in where people are suffering from drought. The effect can make someone suffer from a nutritional disease called marasmus and have a face like an old person 👴. The person may be thin like a stick.

    Reply to this comment
      1. global-conversation.png delightful_snow | Donholm Primary School | Kenya
        dazzling_bee's comment 01 May 2020

        No! I have seen many people suffering from that nutritional disease.

        Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png dazzling_bee | St Paul's Primary School | Kenya
    01 May 2020

    thank you for exprecing what you have seen

    Reply to this comment
  • Hammond School logo outgoing_piano | Hammond Junior School E
    01 May 2020

    That is good to know! 😀

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png modest_language | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    01 May 2020

    Drought affects the environment in many different ways plants and animals depend on water , just like people. when a drought occurs their food supply can be shrank and their habitat damaged

    Reply to this comment
  • Hammond School logo brilliant_ibex | Hammond Junior School D
    01 May 2020

    Very good post! I was fascinated!

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png fierce_cricket | Donholm Primary School | Kenya
    03 May 2020

    Drought is a very harsh weather it kills a lot of plants which provides food for people, there will be no water for people
    people and animals will die due to lack of water.

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png helpful_guitar | Zaitoun Prep Girls School B | Occupied Paletinian Territory
    04 May 2020

    Water is life and when water is too little because of global warming and climate change, there is consequences on plants, animals and people. Plants need water so they got dry and die because of droughts. Animals that feed on these plants die and people who depend on both got affected too, so it is like a chain. Some countries have problem in finding drinking water and this is turning their life hard.

    Reply to this comment
  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg accomplished_reality | Faringdon Community College
    05 May 2020

    I thought I would share something that I have learnt recently: A way to stop droughts.
    It may sound a bit over the top but it is actually possible. By releasing silver iodide into the atmosphere it encourages the clouds to rain over certain places. As when clouds for, they cannot rain until they have enough water in them that the cloud gets to heavy and has to realise the water. However, when you release silver iodide into the atmosphere, it makes the clouds release the water they have inside them. This is how in places where there is often drought, they can provide people with rain water for crops or to drink. This method of 'making clouds rain' is also used in a different way: to make it not rain. Yes, in the exact same method it works. By sending silver iodide into the atmosphere, makes it rain in that certain area, but not in others. For example, for the 2008 Olympics, scientist where thinking of using this method to stop the rain so that the stadium was not wet for the Olympics. This is a very clever way that we can change the natural weather pattern to suit our liking. However, it is not yet very advanced and doesn't always make sure it definitely goes the way we want.

    Its annoying though, because we have haven't managed to work out how to make the sun shine!

    Reply to this comment
    1. Harriet-Website_1000x1000.jpg harrietboland@economist.com | None
      accomplished_reality's comment 05 May 2020

      A very interesting bit of research accomplished_reality!

      Reply to this comment
    2. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      accomplished_reality's comment 05 May 2020

      Wow! Thanks for explaining this - I had never heard of it before! Do you think there are any risks with humans intervening in this way? If so, would the benefits outweigh the risks?

      Reply to this comment
  • Lyons Hall Primary School buzzing_owl | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    05 May 2020

    I think that the poor families should get help from the non poor families so when droughts happen, they will be a bit more prepared we can raise money for them, give them water pipes and lots more to help them have a better chance of surviving in these difficult times.

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png delightful_snow | Donholm Primary School | Kenya
    05 May 2020

    Last year their was some counties in Kenya suffering from drought. The counties are: Turkana, Mandera, Wajir and Garissa. Now in a county called Garissa, people are living in ⛺ tents because of floods. The government has provided them with tents. I felt pity at them, they were very thin if you could see where they leave the soil has cracked, no water, no animals and no crops.

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png emotional_literature | School College Pilote Sousse | Tunisia
    06 May 2020

    Droughts can affect our environment in many different ways.
    you may know that we need water to live, animals and plants too. we need water to grow the food we eat ,and use it in many different activities such as washing dishes, cooking, bathing...Water means life, without it , it is just impossible to exist. Water scarcity results in lack of food, illnesses and diseases so death and disappearance of animal species and plantations.
    You might say that we cannot defeat drought ;let me tell you that fortunately, solutions to this problem may exist .
    we have to keep the affected place hydrated, also try to keep soils fertile and also save some water by using new tehnologies for example. But for that efforts from different countries is needed because most states that suffer from droughts like in Africa can't stand up by themseleves. They obviously need cooperation and a strong will of helping others. We should think globally and act locally because when it comes to save others every action counts

    Reply to this comment
  • Hammond School logo loved_moose | Hammond Junior School C
    06 May 2020

    that was a great post

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png honest_sea | Sacred Heart School | Ghana
    06 May 2020

    Temperature and amount of rainfall are the most noticeable drought indicators, but water level in streams, rivers and lakes the amount of soil, and the amount of snowpack in the mountains are also important drought indicators.So if you have experience this, it shows that you are about to experience drought
    Drought can last for months or years, or may be declared as few as 15 days. It can have substantial impact on the ecosystem and agriculture of the affected regions and harm to local economy.
    Generally, farmers see drought as the most important constraining factor of agriculture production. ... Males other than females, people whose village do not have irrigation schemes and people from households with more land in drought prone area are more likely to migrate because of drought. Some countries like Somalia, Djibouti,Kenya, Ethiopia and neighboring countries. They experienced drought from July 2010-August 2012.

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png excellent_photograph | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    06 May 2020

    I think that the most scary thing about drought is that it can carve equally dangerous problems out of itself. The most evident effects of drought are scarcity of water and death due to thirst but there are other hidden problems that come along with drought. They are:
    1. Increase in water borne diseases: Due to scarcity of water, individuals might be willing to use or drink any water available irrespective of its quality. The ingestion of this water exposes such individual to various water borne diseases which then leads to an increase in the mortality rate during the drought.
    2. Water conflicts: Due to scarcity of water, fights or conflicts over water are common and these conflict usually result in injuries and in the worst scenarios, death. Close relationships are broken and grudges might be held on to even after the drought period .
    3. Rapid death of the vulnerable: During droughts, the common mentality is "every man for himself" and this puts the poor and young ones in disadvantaged situations and many of them are likely to loose their lives in the course of the drought.
    These are but a few problems that come along with drought but their damage is immense. thus drought should never be underestimated.

    Reply to this comment
    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      excellent_photograph's comment 07 May 2020

      These sound like frightening consequences. What can local communities do to reduce these problems, and is it their responsibility or the responsibility of individuals?

      Reply to this comment
    2. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      excellent_photograph's comment 07 May 2020

      These sound like frightening consequences. What can local communities do to reduce these problems, and is it their responsibility or the responsibility of individuals?

      Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png loving_opinion | Maryknoll Convent School | Hong Kong
    07 May 2020

    I read your post and learnt a lot about droughts and their effects, really nice job there. Now I'll say more about my thoughts on the effects of droughts.
    The most terrible thing about droughts or even any extreme weather is that how it can form a chain or 'domino'. I believe everyone knows what is domino. One thing happens and then it leads to another thing which harms another thing and so on. Let me say more about this 'domino effect'.
    Firstly, droughts can last lost term, such as months or years, which can cause tremendous effect to the agricultural industry. This is because droughts can cause a lack of drinking water and poor pasture conditions. Needless to say, water is a must for farm animals and crops. Imagine not having drinking water for months, crops would not be able to grow and animals would die. What would happen to the agricultural industry if their main economy source was destroyed? The loss can lead to a lot of farmers lose their jobs,but that's not all. We eat crops,too. That's my second point.
    Needless to say,everyone has eaten rice, as its one the most common food in our daily life. However, do you know rice is also a crop? As you can see in my first point, the lack of drinking water can cause crops to die. I guess i don't need to raise more examples as I'm sure that this point can already prove how horrible droughts can be.
    Lastly and most importantly, is there any way we can stop droughts?
    It's not possible to stop the entire happening of droughts in short term, but we can do some little actions to help prevent droughts. Saving water is a good way, such as closing off taps when unused, or taking a shorter shower instead of baths every day.
    That's all, feel free to comment if there's anything you agree or don't. <3

    Reply to this comment
    1. global-conversation.png lovable_agency | Rev Father Lemmens Basic School | Ghana
      loving_opinion's comment 13 May 2020

      Does drinking water only required for plants to grow?

      Reply to this comment
      1. global-conversation.png loving_opinion | Maryknoll Convent School | Hong Kong
        lovable_agency's comment 15 May 2020

        well, no, as drinking water has a lot of different uses but in the case i was talking about about in my comment, drinking water is mostly used for plants to grow. :)

        Reply to this comment
  • Hammond School logo determined_shrimp | Hammond Junior School B
    07 May 2020

    There are lots of things drought can cause like:

    Firstly, we all know about the Southern Australia bush fires which was caused by droughts which eradicated homes and killed some people who risked their lives but it also killed 25,000 innocent koalas that couldn’t do a thing. There homes were destroyed and several are still in care like at the RSPCA. Also, this caused us to loose lots of our trees which breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. This isn’t an issue right now but overtime with more deforestation and more fires the 3 trillion trees on the planter will be depleted until it becomes a problem.

    In addition to this, water diseases are on the rise and hygienic water sources are decreasing. An illness which is caused is the waterborne disease which is, an Infectious diseases caused by pathogenic bacteria, viruses and protozoan parasites are among the most common and widespread health risk of drinking water. People are introduced to these microorganisms through contaminated drinking water, water drops, aerosols and washing or bathing. Worlwide, 1,2 billion people do not have access to clean and safe drinking water, and 2,4 billion people lack sanitation. Every year, 5 million people die of waterborne diseases.
    Most waterborne diseases occur worldwide. In developed (western) countries, contagion is prevented by drinking water purification and by hygienic measurements. But even in developed countries, people can become ill from waterborne diseases. This is caused by non-hygienic food preparation and by insufficient personal hygiene.

    Finally, because it makes crops not be able to grow, it can cause famine in some countries because there is no food for people to eat. Crops are unable to grow if there is no water and a drought would cause there to be no water and crops are used for bread and pretty much any food.

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png excellent_photograph | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    07 May 2020

    Obviously during the drought period, selfishness usually becomes the order of the day and that selfishness is the basis for majority of the problems that come along with drought. The simple and easiest way to get rid of these problems is to eradicate that selfish mentality. Drought should be faced as a community and not individually because less damages are incurred .

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png excellent_photograph | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    07 May 2020

    Obviously during the drought period, selfishness usually becomes the order of the day and that selfishness is the basis for majority of the problems that come along with drought. The simple and easiest way to get rid of these problems is to eradicate that selfish mentality. Drought should be faced as a community and not individually because less damages are incurred .

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png intellectual_strategy | Irene Secondary School | Kenya
    09 May 2020

    I like your explanation on the effects of drought to people and animals. I would simply add that drought causes starvation in animals. If there is drought in a certain area like lack of water and vegetation then animals that live in that particular environment will stave to death since no other way to survive. Therefore drought can cause a lot to animals lifestyle

    Reply to this comment
    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      intellectual_strategy's comment 11 May 2020

      Well done for developing a point!

      Reply to this comment
  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg involved_watermelon | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    10 May 2020

    I think hot weather affects animals because when it is really hot their water drys out,so they have to wait a whole season for their water to come back

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png cheerful_ocean | Maryknoll Convent School | Hong Kong
    11 May 2020

    A: crops won't be able to grow.
    B: if the crops can't grow, then animals can't eat.
    C: if the animals can't eat, they will starve to death.
    D: if the animals are dead, there are also no crops, then we can't eat.
    E: then we will all starve to death.

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png quickwitted_piano | Good Shepherd Minor Secondary School | Kenya
    11 May 2020

    The drought affects people through desroying crops and animals hence making many people to not food and other essential needs.

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png lovable_agency | Rev Father Lemmens Basic School | Ghana
    11 May 2020

    Drought can be defined as the excess broken part of the land.
    Consequences of drought is very plenty but I want to bring out the most important ones to deal with.
    Effect on plants
    Drought causes plants to reduce in number, especially the medicinal trees.because of drought plants are not able to grow well and develop which worsen the situation whiles plants also play some roles to make it rain.because of draught the sun becomes so hot which could bring global warming.plants like cassava have been wasted since they are dug from the ground.many important organisms have disappeared because of draught.

    Effects on people
    Drought has caused people to evacuate from their area since where there is drought there is no food.it has caused farmers because the ground has become too hot that foods that are obtained from the ground are hard to dug out.it has make life difficult for those who are on the street because they have no ace to stay .

    Effects on animals
    Drought has caused many aquatic animals like crab to disappear.

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png centered_nectarine | Zaitoun Prep Girls School B | Occupied Paletinian Territory
    12 May 2020

    Drought has many consequences that directly affect the life and order of the universe, including the spread of starvation caused by a lack of irrigation water. The increase in diseases related to malnutrition resulting from dehydration. Increased numbers of migrants, due to lack of food and water. Low electricity production, due to the lack of suitable refrigerant in power plants, and a low level of water flow through hydroelectric dams. We can also reduce droughts, such as desalination of salt water in seas and oceans, for use in irrigation and drinking, and other consumer purposes.

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png loving_writer | Irene Secondary School | Kenya
    13 May 2020

    In countries experiencing drought general life situation has become hard....In such countries for example Northern Kenya, plants and animals producing coundown of their population...this is also evident in people due to the fear of difficulty in upringing little souls in this harsh environmental external condition....Due to fear of this,man population has been generally low in this region.... population being low has resulted to low manpower which has created a low pull in this economic sector of those affected areas...this has generally affected the county's economy.

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png positive_wolf | Sacred Heart School | Ghana
    13 May 2020

    Water is one of the most essential commodities for human survival, second only to breathable air. When there is a drought—which by definition means having too little water to meet current demands—conditions can become difficult or dangerous very quickly.Some effects of drought are

    Not Enough Drinking Water
    All living things must have water to survive. People can live for weeks without food, but only a few days without water. In some countries , drought is experienced mainly as an inconvenience, perhaps with some economic losses, but in very poor countries the consequences are much more direct. When desperate for water to drink, people will turn to untreated sources that can make them sick.

    Disease
    Drought often creates a lack of clean water for drinking, public sanitation and personal hygiene, which can lead to a wide range of life-threatening diseases. The problem of water access is critical: every year, millions are sickened or die due to lack of clean water access and sanitation, and droughts only make the problem worse.

    Wildfires
    The low moisture and precipitation that often characterize droughts can quickly create hazardous conditions in forests and across rangelands, setting the stage for wildfires that may cause injuries or deaths as well as extensive damage to property and already shrinking food supplies. In addition, even plants generally adapted to dry conditions will drop needles and leaves during a drought, contributing to a layer of dead vegetation on the ground.This dry duff then becomes a dangerous fuel for causing wildfires.

    Social Conflict and War
    When a precious commodity like water is in short supply due to drought, and the lack of water creates a corresponding lack of food, people will compete—and eventually fight and kill—to secure enough water to survive.

    Reply to this comment
    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      positive_wolf's comment 14 May 2020

      A nicely explained comment. Well done!

      Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png excited_apple | Irene Secondary School | Kenya
    17 May 2020

    In my opinion , I think that drought affect is in different ways , first we see that it causes the land to dry making food scarce for both animals and people , people then tend to die because they have no source of food as they compete with the animals for the little food that may be there during the drought , this causes some people to do things like eating of barks of tree or even dry skin which at that time seems like the only edible thing some continents are also affected terribly because their economy is unstable and can't use the little they have to feed the citizens

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png peaceful_petal | Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girl's School, Elelenwo | Nigeria
    17 May 2020

    Drought is simply the absence of water and water is a universal solvent which is essential for life. Having no water is like having no life, even Jesus used water to heal the sick but we haved faced so many cases where there is no water and the absence of these water has caused so many lives of living organisms ie plants and animals.
    Some of these effects are;
    1. Lack of food and drinking water for wild animals and man: water is an essential ingredient used for making all foods and when there is something lacking in a food that food is good as nothing. Water is also used for drinking to aid digestion. When this water is absent leading to drought, the soils will become infertile, where we get our crops from for the production of food and the rivers dry, where the animals drink water from.
    2. It also causes losses or destruction of fish and wildlife habitat. The river or swamps or any liquid land area is a habitat for all fishes and destroying ones home or habitat is like killing them. It is different when it comes to fish, they need water to survive and when this is absent they die.
    3. It causes starvation, scarcity and lack of proper food: The people in the northern part of my country mostly face this effect. The land area or the land mass in the northern part of my country is mostly dry which results in scarcity of food and the type of food mostly planted there are the food that needs a dry area for production such as cereals. No other type of crop grow there. These are the only food they eat leaving them with an unbalanced diet. The only solution is importation.
    4.The last effect will be on increase in diseases: This dryness causes a dry and hot weather which is not good for the skin and also the animals. It causes heat rash to the skin of humans and in this season there is rapid spread of diseases which can cause as more lives as possible.
    These are the few of many effect of drought on us the humans and animals.

    Reply to this comment
  • global-conversation.png curious_brain | Fadhili Junior School | Kenya
    18 May 2020

    1. Animals depend on water for them to survive.
    2. With drought there is no food for people and animals.
    3. With drought the economy of a people is affected because they cannot either grow crop or keeps animals which they depend on.

    Reply to this comment
  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg witty_river | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    19 May 2020

    I agree because animals can die without water.

    Reply to this comment
  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg involved_watermelon | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    19 May 2020

    Drought also affects the environment in many different ways. Plants and animals depend on water, just like people. When a drought occurs, their food supply can shrink and their habitat can be damaged. ... Increase in disease in wild animals, because of reduced food and water supplies.

    Reply to this comment

You must be logged in to post a comment