Australia's most populous state of New South Wales on Tuesday imposed water restrictions for the first time in a decade with dam levels at just over 50% due to a prolonged drought, reported Euronews.
The country's east coast has suffered through two years of below average rainfall, devastating agricultural production and stoking a political debate over the impact of climate change.
Meke Lake in the Central Anatolian province of Konya, known as the "world's largest evil eye amulet," is almost on the brink of extinction, experts have warned. The unique crater lake with a giant volcanic cone in its middle, has almost completely dried up because of the ongoing drought due to global warming as well as incorrect irrigation techniques, according to experts.
The German government said Wednesday it will compensate thousands of farmers whose harvests have suffered as a result of this year's extreme drought, which many experts have linked to climate change.
Australia's most populous state was declared entirely in drought on Wednesday and struggling farmers were given new authority to shoot kangaroos that compete with livestock for sparse pasture during the most intense dry spell in more than 50 years.
With dusty desert sprawled across the region, Middle Eastern and north African nations must prepare better for drought as water shortages look set to worsen, the United Nations said on June 15.