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Once lush farmlands have turned into dry, barren wastelands as a combination of factors have crippled the region.
A combination of lower-than-normal rainfall in recent years, upstream dams in Turkey, Syria and Iran, and political turmoil within Iraq have combined to create a disastrous situation for thousands of people.
The southern city of Barsa, once known as Venice of the East, has been one of the hardest-hit areas, according to the Associated Press.
Croplands are drying up and salinity levels are rising in the water supplies both killing vegetation and forcing people to purchase all their water for drinking, cooking and bathing.
The region was slowly recovering from years of war in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s; however, any rebuilding has been lost due to the recent economic hardships brought on by the fresh water shortages.
Earlier this year, farming bans were placed on some crops in an attempt to preserve the lingering fresh water reserves of southern Iraq; however, this put further strain on farmers who had no other means of income.
In the midst of the dry season, mother nature is not expected to provide any relief to the water shortage issues in the coming weeks.
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This wintry scene in New Zealand will leave many wondering when the first snow will fall in their area.
The short answer is maybe, but regardless of whether a developing area of showers and thunderstorms to the east of Guam ever becomes a super typhoon, it will pose serious risks parts of the basin over the next 7-14 days.
Records continue to fall across the United Kingdom as the summer as a whole has been declared the joint hottest on record.
A slow moving frontal boundary has sparked days of torrential rainfall across South Korea resulting in flooding across much of the country.
It has been a hot, dry summer across much of northern and western Europe and a rare sighting of "Hunger Stones" shows just how big of a problem the current drought could be.
Rare snowfall was seen across parts of Uruguay on Sunday while graupel resulted in an icy coating across parts of eastern Argentina.
A newly developed tropical depression is expected to become the latest typhoon to threaten Japan this season.