Parched earth

Dark plastic spheres are used to prevent the evaporation of water from a reservoir in the Coquimbo region of Chile. A dried-up padi field seen at Karang Jati village in Indonesia last month. As in many parts of Java, seasonal rains have been late to
A dried-up padi field seen at Karang Jati village in Indonesia last month. As in many parts of Java, seasonal rains have been late to arrive.PHOTO: REUTERS
Dark plastic spheres are used to prevent the evaporation of water from a reservoir in the Coquimbo region of Chile. A dried-up padi field seen at Karang Jati village in Indonesia last month. As in many parts of Java, seasonal rains have been late to
Dark plastic spheres are used to prevent the evaporation of water from a reservoir in the Coquimbo region of Chile.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Dark plastic spheres are used to prevent the evaporation of water from a reservoir in the Coquimbo region of Chile. A dried-up padi field seen at Karang Jati village in Indonesia last month. As in many parts of Java, seasonal rains have been late to
The carcass of a cow lies in South Africa's Black Umfolozi River (above).PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
The carcass of a cow lies in South Africa's Black Umfolozi River (above) and a bushfire (left) burns out of control in Western Australia.
A bushfire (above) burns out of control in Western Australia.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

The effects of El Nino are just getting started, and may carry on till the middle of next year, according to the US Climate Prediction Centre. Here's a sampling of what conditions are like in some parts of the world.

The effects of El Nino are just getting started, and may carry on till the middle of next year, according to the US Climate Prediction Centre. Here's a sampling of what conditions are like in some parts of the world.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 20, 2015, with the headline 'PARCHED EARTH'. Print Edition | Subscribe