In the region surrounding the Dead Sea in Jordan, a severe drought is hitting hard. The fertile area is home to many market gardens, but the drought has taken a heavy toll. The salty waters of the nearby Dead Sea are dropping dramatically in height too.
The recent rainy season, which usually runs from October to the end of April, was poor. Rains were massively reduced, totalling just 60 percent of normal fall, said Omar Salameh, head of communications at the water and irrigation ministry: “The situation is critical.”