A view of Horn of Africa's drought from space
Animation from satellite images shows the increasing drought. (Courtesy CESBIO/ESA)
July 26th, 2011
12:19 PM ET

A view of Horn of Africa's drought from space

The worst drought in 60 years has hit the Horn of Africa region, an area in east Africa that includes Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.

A recent satellite-derived animation from the European Space Agency illustrates the crisis as it worsened over the summer. The images above show soil moisture in the region from April to mid-July of this year. Green and blue depict higher levels of soil moisture while the increasing spread of orange and yellow illustrates areas with little to no moisture.

The drought has led to starvation and the loss of crops and livestock. Food prices have nearly tripled in some areas since last year, worsening the crisis.

The United Nations officially declared famine in parts of Somalia last week, and thousands of people have fled their homes and crossed borders in search of water, food or aid.

More on the crisis:

What caused the crisis?

U.N., donors meet on Somalia famine as aid groups seek more help

Amid famine, Somalis flock back to the war-torn city they fled

Walking 17 days for water and other personal stories from the drought

How to help:

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Filed under: Africa • Famine • Kenya • Somalia • World
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Xerxes 2011

    come on now, thats here in Oklahoma, whooooo 35+ straight days of 100+ degree weather. newsmen had the nerve to come one saying 'there is a 5% chance of rain over in blah blah blah!!!' i wanted to call them an cuss them out for that tease!

    July 27, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Name*adam

    This people could have gotten help, but some morons are blocking aid, I feel for the women children and the elderly,for alshabab you are idiots and will burn in hell for what you have done to the poor and inocent,for sure your family members are having nice, time in some stupid Arab nations

    July 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lokiman301

    These poor unedecated people are starving to death. Now people I understand that these are the same people who were dancing in the streets after 9/11 but let us turn the other cheek in order to afforsd them the opportunity to slap that also. I realise that e are in debt, but I say that we shut down some more schools, shut down some more hospitals, eliminate r&d funding, end all farm subsidies and lumber too, in order to raise the nescessary revenue to take care of these people. The American public should pay for the Africans in order to increase their population, which is what africa needs right now. More people will help to conserve marine and forest biodiversity which will save the planet. So refusing a few million Americans services for which they pay taxes is a small price to pay for saving the African people from this environmental tragedy, which is not their fault. When we are successful these people can be fruitful and multiply, which is just what the environment, and hence, the planet requires to get better.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chuch

    Let them all die.... remember the 10th Mt Division and Rangers....Blackhawk down...

    July 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neeve

      I used to know a "Chuch" from the AF in California – is that you, Mike?

      August 11, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs. M

      Those of us old enough to remember WILL NEVER FORGET. In time, God does punish the wicked. I say let us not interfere with God's plan.

      August 17, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
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    August 10, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mrs. M

    Perspective requires including areas adjacent to those affected by drought.

    August 17, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
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