The 10 Driest Places on Earth

While water shortages in the U.S. make headlines, nearly 3 billion people globally suffer from droughts
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South Sudan
Southern Afghanistan
North Korea
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The worst droughts worldwide

While Californians are living through one of the worst droughts on record, they're not alone. More than 2.7 billion people — about a third of the world’s population — experience water scarcity at least one month a year, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). WWF estimates that in 10 years about two-thirds of the world population may be facing serious water shortages, which can cause disrupt food production and promote life-threatening illnesses. UNICEF tracks the countries and populations most affected by droughts. Here are the 10 regions struggling the most, according to UNICEF.

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