Drought in southeast Australia worsens

Drought in southeast Australia worsens

"There isn't a person in the state that isn't hoping to see some rain for our farmers and regional communities", he said.

Large numbers of kangaroos have been competing with cattle for food and water, a situation Blair said must be turned around "as soon as possible".

A crippling drought is ravaging vast tracts of Australia's pastoral heartland, decimating herds and putting desperate farmers under intense financial and emotional strain, with little relief in sight.

Milne said Federated Farmers was exploring ways of supporting affected Australian farmers as many on this side of the Tasman felt helpless.

3 / 4 Farmers are struggling to feed their livestock.

Less than 10 millimetres was recorded in the western, northwest and central areas of NSW over the past month and drier-than-normal conditions are forecast for the next three months across the majority of the state.

"Many farmers are taking livestock off their paddocks, only to then see kangaroos move in a take whatever is left", Blair said.

Farmers have also had to ration water for their families and their herds because the dams on their properties are dry or almost empty.

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Australia has long dealt with harsh, dry conditions, especially inland, away from coastal areas popular with tourists.

"This increase will give farming families what they sorely lack during drought-cash income".

Federated Farmers national president Katie Milne says offering drought-stricken Australian farmers an escape could do wonders for their mental health. In India, four indicators are usually applied to declare a drought.

"A recent attribution study shows extremely high pressures as seen across southeast Australia in August 2014 are more likely to occur in the future due to climate change", it says.

The NSW government has announced more than A$1 billion in drought relief measures, which include transport subsidies, waivers on farming costs, further bolstering the Farm Innovation Fund, animal welfare measures and mental health support.

Heatwaves swept across Europe in July, leaving some farmers suffering drought conditions.

Countries worldwide are dealing with their own climate catastrophes.

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