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New South Wales now 100% in droughtThe state of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia is now entirely in drought, officials have confirmed.
New South Wales was officially listed as “100% in drought” on Wednesday, with 23% of the region deemed to be in “intense drought”, leading state and federal governments to offer A$576m (£330m; $430m) in emergency relief funding. Around 60% of neighbouring Queensland is also in drought, as well as parts of Victoria and South Australia.
Across Southern Australia, 2018 saw the second-driest autumn on record, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, with rainfall 57mm (2.24in) below average, with less than 10mm of rain was recorded in parts of NSW in July, and drier than normal conditions are forecast in coming months, as reported by the BBC.
While this drought has been intense and sustained, the “millennium drought” of 1997-2005 is still considered to have been the most devastating affecting almost 50% of Australia’s agricultural land. That event coincided with two El Ninos, which are often associated with droughts in Australia.
Publication date: 8/9/2018
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