El Niño Impact: India Bracing Itself for Potential Drought

Global Business

Governments around the world are preparing for a weather phenomenon which could drive food prices to critical levels. An El Nino – Spanish for ‘the boy’ – is a pattern of unusually warm temperatures in the Pacific that occurs every few years.Often an El Nino will shift Pacific winds eastward – bringing the rain with it. That means abnormally dry weather for Western Pacific nations – and flooding in South America.

Now, weather forecasts say an El Nino is set to take hold for the rest of this year – and maybe longer. The last El Nino was 5 years ago – it brought record droughts to Southeast Asia.

India was one of the countries hit hardest by the last El Nino in 2009. A massive drought slowed food production– raising prices to sky-high levels.Now India is preparing for another round of bone-dry weather. CCTV reporter Shweta Bajaj explains.

India Bracing for Potential Drought

India Bracing for Potential Drought

India was one of the countries hit hardest by the last El Nino in 2009. A massive drought slowed food production-- raising prices to sky-high levels.Now India is preparing for another round of bone-dry weather. CCTV reporter Shweta Bajaj explains.
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CCTV’s Phillip Yin interviews John Baffes, Senior Economist with the Development Prospects Group at The World Bank, on the impact of El Nino on the world economy and the countries affected by it.

John Baffes on Impact of El Nino

John Baffes on Impact of El Nino

CCTV's Phillip Yin interviews John Baffes, Senior Economist with the Development Prospects Group at The World Bank, on the impact of El Nino on the world economy and the countries affected by it.
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