The most vulnerable states in the nation are California, Texas, New Mexico and Nevada, according to the most recent analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In its latest annual report, the agency found that five of the states that experienced the worst drought in at least a decade, and three of the four most vulnerable, have been hit by the worst droughts in recent years.
The five states are in California, where the drought has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people, the most in the country, and in Texas, where more than 4,000 have been killed in the worst of the drought.
“California has been one of the worst hit states by the drought and that’s been reflected in the population loss,” said Mark Tuller, senior vice president of the U,S.
“We know that Texas has a higher percentage of people living in the city-dwelling counties of Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi than any other state, and those are communities that have been hardest hit by drought.
Texas has seen the most drought-related deaths of any state.
The drought is impacting Texas counties at the fastest pace.”
Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency in January and ordered the state to prepare for the worst.
He has said that he has not made a decision on whether to impose a state-wide mandatory water ban, but said he is looking at what is required of state agencies.
“We are going to look at what that means,” Abbott said during a press conference in March.
“As a matter of fact, we have not decided on a water-based emergency plan.
We are looking at all options.
We’re looking at a mandatory water-borne ban.
We have not made that decision.”
The other states with the worst damage are Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas, according the USDA report.
States with the most damage were Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, the report said.
The USDA said that the worst impact has been felt in the Northeast, but that other regions, including the Midwest and West, are in worse shape than the Northeast.
In fact, Mississippi and Alabama have been the most impacted states.