Australia DROUGHT: Shock aerial video emerges as Australia suffers devastating drought

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
By Paul Martin

AUSTRALIA is facing the “worst drought in a generation” and worried farmers claim the lack of water could devastate their industry.

Wed, Aug 8, 2018

A “100 percent drought” was declared after less than 10mm of rain fell in the state in July, followed by drier than normal conditions, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull adding that the country had become a “land of drought”.

Farmers who live in outback New South Wales have called it the worst drought in a generation.

According to Australia’s weather bureau this year saw the second hottest summer ever recorded.

One local farmer said: “For us the only way that we can make our life any better is for God to send us some rain.”

Photographer David Grey, who has been travelling the hard hit region gave a warning about what he has seen.

He said: “The rainfall in this area is the worst since 1946 and if it continues to not rain in the next five months, until the end of the year, then the statistics are showing this is the worst drought, by far, in one hundred years.

“After talking to all the farmers that we have visited over the past few months they are all saying this is the worst drought they have ever experienced.”

The average rainfall in the area for July is 96mm.

Mr Turnbull said: “Now we are the land of droughts and flooding rains, we recognise that.

“It’s a very volatile and often capricious climate and Australian farmers are resilient, they plan for drought, they are good managers but it can become really overwhelming.”

Mr Turnbull was seen comforting a local charity worker, who wept as she described the “dire” situation.

She said: ”I worry every day I go to visit farming families that I’m going to get to someone and it’s going to be hours too late, it’s literally that bad.”

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