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10.18
13:25

Australia: worst drought in years

It has never been as dry in Australia as this September. And even though it is supposed to rain in parts of Australia this week, it remains the worst dryness in years.
The east coast of Australia has received only 20% of the usual rainfall in the last three months and is now totally dry. The winter crop is on the verge of a crop failure and the pastures are so dry that the livestock keepers buy grain so they do not have to bring more animals to slaughter.
The estimates for the grain harvest are at the lowest level in decades. The cotton and the grape harvest are smaller. Trading houses will issue profit warnings and some will even write losses.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology today announced that this year is the second-driest since the records of the weather in 1900. The largest water reservoir on the continent of the largest river Murray-Darling threatens to dry out. It can take months to replenish.
Morning rain in New South Wales is forecasted to be up to 25 mm, and it should rain until Saturday. For the next three months, the meteorologists expect but again with similar dry weather.However, for the cultivation of grain, this rain comes too late, traders believe. The pastures should not bring enough income to come over the summer.

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