The drought situation in parts of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has reached desperate proportions...
GV Parched land & skeleton (3 shots)
GV Vulture overhead of carcasses
SV PAN From ribs of dead sheep TO bodies (2 shots)
GV Mob of sheep PULLBACK TO Dry land (2 shots)
SV Sheep in pen hobbling with weakness
SV PAN Carcasses in waterhole
GV Sheep on farm drinking from hole
GV Truck along died up road
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Background: The drought situation in parts of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has reached desperate proportions...with stock losses mounting as wells and waterholes dry up.
Drought breaking rains which have fallen in many coastal areas, have not reached the north-western areas of the state. At Cameron's Corner, in the extreme north-west, thousands of sheep carcasses litter the countryside. And daily, more and more sheep die of starvation and thirst.
Another problem is the mobs of hungry kangaroos, moving from property to property in search of food. A grazier sometimes finds his property carrying 1,500 kangaroos as well as his sheep.
Sheepmen say they need three to four inches of rain to break the drought. In the meantime, the shrinking waterholes and wells get lower and lower.
The current drought in NSW is considered worse than one seven years ago when the state government paid out 10.5 million dollars in relief.