UN warns of drought crisis in Syria

A man inspects an area of a burned wheat field which activists said was caused by shelling by the Syrian regime in Aleppo’s countryside in June 2013

The U.N.’s food aid agency warned on Tuesday that Syria was facing a drought that could put millions of people’s lives at risk, compounding the impact of years of war.

The drought threatens to cut wheat production in the country’s northwestern breadbasket to a record low of 1.7 million to 2 million metric tonnes, according to World Food Program (WFP) spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs.

If rains fail to fall by the time of the harvest in mid-May, food prices would soar and Syria would need to import more than the estimated 5.1 million tonnes of wheat needed during the previous season, WFP added.

“WFP is concerned about the impact of a looming drought hitting the northwest of the country — mainly Aleppo, Idlib, and Hama — with rainfall less than half of the long-term average and potentially major impacts on the next cereal harvest,” Byrs said.

“This could put the lives of millions at risk if the drought continues,” she told reporters…

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I wonder if this part of the Islamic prophecies on the end of time.