Experts have warned that the Dead Sea, the lowest and saltiest body of water in the world, is on course to dry out by 2050, with the emergence of sinkholes forcing the closure of roads and beaches, as well as damaging agriculture.
Reuters Photographer Lucy Nicholson travelled to southern California to document the struggle faced by people whose water supply has run dry. In one of the towns hardest hit by California’s drought, the only way some residents can get water to flush the toilet is to drive to the fire station, hand-pump water into barrels and take it back home. The state’s three-year drought comes into sharp focus in Tulare County, the dairy and citrus heart of the state’s vast agricultural belt, where more than 500 wells have dried up.
U.S. President Barack Obama visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, the world observes World Water Day with the theme “Water Cooperation,” adepts of Sufism, a mystical form of Islam, self-pierce to earn salvation, a pet tiger plays with a keeper at an Indonesian school and more in today’s daily brief.