While the families of farmers who committed suicide due to the horrendous drought are getting help, the grip of drought in India is tightening. At the time of writing, 540 million people are affected. Meanwhile, in South America, drought is causing chaos for millions of people. Many countries in South America rely on hydroelectric power, so low water means low power. The governments of Venezuela, Brazil, and Columbia are rationing power with scheduled blackouts. Earlier efforts at voluntary rationing failed. Returning to drought-afflicted India, the city of Uttarakhand is facing a serious wild fire that has already killed five people. So far over 2,269 hectares (8.76 mi2) have been scorched. Wild fires are not a rare occurrence in India before the monsoons, but it is the dryness over the winter that is responsible for the massive scale.
Meanwhile, in Australia, Melbourne faced a massive blackout with 36,000 homes in the dark. According to a spokesman with SPAusNet, (the local power company,) they “haven’t seen anything like it in several years.” A massive powerline crashed into another powerline, resulting in the outage. Wind gusts of over 100km/h (60 mph) tore tiles from roofs, uprooted trees, and damaged fences. Many people even had their garage doors blown in. One woman’s garage door flew into her garage, hitting her car. The violent storm only lasted about an hour. While it caused extensive property damage, there is as yet no report of casualties. One woman in Tomball, Texas was not quite so lucky. She was killed in the severe storms walloping the central US when a tree fell on her mobile home. There was grapefruit sized hail in Marshall County, Kansas, while high winds in Missouri knocked out power flipped empty grain train cars! Heavy rains caused flash flooding in Evansville, Indiana. Fortunately, nobody was injured or killed in those floods. A flood in Ft. Worth, Texas has claimed the lives of at least six people. Four of those people, sadly, were children. As far as property damage, it is always difficult to estimate within the midst of a disaster, but there has been a lot of damage to roads, houses, and infrastructure. It could easily total several billion dollars.