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Farmers commit suicide every day

LEs Jones is a farmer in northwestern NSW and has been living on ranches for decades.

But soon, Jones will personally raise the gun and take the1200 sheep,

One by one

Kill all!

As a herder, these sheep are all his hope and they areAll sources of income for the family.

Killing all the sheep means that he will destroy his own hope and the future of his family with his own hands.

No one is more heartbroken than him to make such a decision...

but,

He has no choice!

Kill these sheep with a gun, he can think of

The most humane way...

Because compared to being starved to death, shooting, at least it can make them dieNot so painful...

In the past, Jones’s ranch

There are 10 sheep every day

Starved to death

Seeing these sheep who were originally alive and lean and skinny because of hunger, without any anger, until finally fell to the ground completely, Jones was in pain, but powerless.

He originally planned to sell the remaining sheep, but they were too skinny.

No one wants to buy

So Jones could only kill them, find a place to bury them, and then with despair, leave the place where he has lived for more than 50 years.

Even more desperate is that

This situation is not alone!

In NSW and throughout Australia, cattle and sheep are being sent to slaughterhouses or starved to death on the grasslands.

And all of this will start from this year’sDrought not seen in a centurySpeaking of...

Australia suffered a century of drought

this year,Victoria, NSW, South Australia, QueenslandPart of

The worst drought in 116 years!

The rainfall in many places is far below the previous average level, and even hit a record low!

such as:

Broken Hill, NSW, previous average rainfall149.6 mm, This year only18.2mm;

Previous average rainfall in Cobar237.6 mm, This year only24.6mm;

Dubbo's previous average rainfall353.6 mm, This year only74mm;

Tamworth past average rainfall356 mm, This year only93.4mm.

It can be seen that the rainfall in some placesAs little as 1/10 of previous years!

The scarcity of rainfall has caused many places

Serious water shortage!

A lot of vegetation died!

Some places were still like this a year ago:The river is plentiful, the trees are shady, the vegetation is lush and vigorous.

But now it has become like this:The trees are dead, the green grass is not growing, and there is no life.

The grassy pasture has also become a bare piece.

There is not a single grass on the maroon land, only a few scattered trees are making stubborn resistance.

According to a netizen:

"I just drove to places like Tamworth, Warialda, and Ipswich. I have never seen the land barren like that! There are many cattle and sheep on the roadside foraging. The herders are doing everything possible to help their cattle and sheep survive. "

However, even if the herders tried every means, they still could not change the status quo.

The suicide rate of farmers is twice as high as in previous years!In Dargo, 348 kilometers east of Melbourne, farmer Mick Sweeney does not have enough pasture to feed his cows. Fortunately, a kind person provided him with free watermelon as long as he paid the freight.

But there are more people who are not so lucky. He said that farmers commit suicide every day because of drought.

Think about it, how desperate such a scene is,

The flocks of cattle and sheep have no pasture to eat, no place to drink water,

Only in the torment of hunger and thirst

Tragically died one by one

Their bodies were lying on the ground, and they were also dried little by little...

The white wool was blown all over the ground by the wind, what was supposed to be an endless green pasture, turned into a vast expanse of white.

EvenKangaroo, EmuThis Australian native animal, which can adapt to the extreme harsh environment, couldn’t stand the continuous drought and died one by one...

The herdsmen watched this situation helplessly.

The water storage tanks in the ranch have dried up, and the price of grain and grass has risen, and they cannot afford it.

I can only bear the pain to kill my own cattle and sheep

Megan Kuhn and her husband run a ranch in southwestern NSW.

There are more than 400 cows that are about to give birth within 6 weeks, but soon,89 cows will leave here forever and be sent to the slaughterhouse for slaughter.

Megan said, there is no way,

Drought is too severe

There is no place to stock cows

No ranch is willing to accept them, and only slaughtered is waiting for them.

The situation in Megan’s family is just a microcosm. The drought has caused heavy losses to many herders in NSW.

Of course, it is not only the herders, but also the farmers.

The continued drought has caused a significant reduction in crop production!

Walgett, located 40 kilometers northeast of NSW, is one of the most severe drought areas.

It has not rained in 665 days!

Here was originallyCrop production areaIt grows wheat, barley, chickpeas, broad beans and rapeseed, and also raises hundreds of sheep. but now,

The land here is the driest

No crops grow!

In order to help the herders in the disaster-stricken areas of NSW to tide over the difficulties, in June this year, the herders in western Victoria also voluntarily organized and donated their own storageMore than 400 bales of hay, using more than 30 trucksThousands of miles have been sent to the hands of compatriots in NSW.

However, this kind of cross-state rescue can only alleviate the urgent need, and to alleviate the drought, it can only rely on rain.

If the rain is not coming

Such droughts will continue...

Melbourne will experience a water crisis in 10 years

It may be because Australia is surrounded by sea. We rarely associate it with the word "water shortage".

Especially in the winter in Melbourne, it is often rainy and rainy. Urban people living in the maritime climate may not realize it. If you drive 300 kilometers north to east, farmers there are anxious about drought.

But Xiaowei already feels that the rain in Melbourne this winter is actually not as much as in previous years.

(Australia Climate Map)

In fact,Australia is the driest continent in the world(Except for Antarctica),

It is also one of the countries with the most water shortage!

Take Melbourne as an example.

According to the worst-case model established by the Melbourne Water Supply Company, even if the Melbourne desalination plant is operating at full capacity,In 2028, Melbourne's water demand will eventually exceed supply, Thus began to appear a long-term water shortage crisis,

And trigger strict water restrictions

That is,

10 years later,

Melburnians may face long-term

No water is available!

This is not alarmist because of the shortage of water resources in Melbourne

Not the first time

already1997-2009 period, It happened in MelbourneSerious drought!

At that time, the government encouraged Melburnians toThe daily water consumption per person is controlled within 155 liters.

2006, The whole of Australia including Melbourne encountered another

Drought of the century

At that time, the water storage capacity of the Melbourne reservoir was only left25%, Is the lowest value since the 70s!

Water is not available in many places in Victoria, and the Victorian government has also initiatedThe highest level of "Level 4 Water Limit"!

ArrivedFirst half of 2017, Melbourne suffered another drought!

In 6 monthsRainfall for 5 months is lower than the average of previous years, The water storage capacity of Melbourne Reservoir is only saturated62%.

Arrivedthis year, Encountered in many places in AustraliaThe worst drought in 116 years!

The water supply company also predicted that due to climate change,

A drought like this is likely to happen

More frequent!

The impact of drought and water shortage on us

1. No water available for human beings!

The herder Jones mentioned at the beginning of the article, their 12 dams have either alreadyCompletely dry, Or only a littleYellow sewage.

Every night, Jones, his wife Laura and their daughter Jones,

Can only take turns taking a bath in the same water

The water has been washed until it turns black, But soon, these water will also be evaporated, and they even have no black water.

Mosquito larvae and dead mice were mixed in the 60cm of drinking water in their rainwater pool, and it was unusable.

The only thing they can drink is bottled water, but alsoStrictly limit the amount.

And if one day Melbourne lacks water,

The same situation will happen to us

Network Map

2. Increasing cost of living

Drought and lack of water will cause a large number of livestock deaths, a large reduction in crop production, and then cause

Increase in prices of farm products and meat

During the 2002-2003 drought, food prices in AustraliaIt is up 4.5%.

During the 2005-2007 drought, food pricesUp 12%!

3. Cause a fire

Drought can also easily cause forest fires, leading toHouse burned down, There were even casualties...

In March of this year, parts of Victoria did not rain for more than 3 consecutive days, which triggered

The worst fire in 12 months!

There are fires in many places, and the fire is everywhere

More than a dozen houses were burned down

Thousands of residents evacuated urgently

Anyway,

Consequences of water shortage

More terrible than we thought!

 Solving the water crisis depends on everyone

In response to the water crisis, the Victorian government has also made various efforts.

For example, it cost 60 billion Australian dollars to buildDesalination plant, Turn sea water into drinkable fresh water.

Carry outReclaimed water project, Turn sewage into non-potable water that can be recycled.

EvenTurn recycled water into drinking water.

Of course, in the face of the shortage of water resources in the city where we live, we cannot only pin our hopes on the government and water supply companies.

Everyone in it should act, starting from himself,

Save every drop of water

For our future, but also for our children and grandchildren...

Follow-up:

1. Les Jones received 5000 bales of hay donated by strangers. He does not have to shoot 1200 sheep by himself for the time being;

2. The National Australia Bank announced that it would waive the interest penalty for affected farmers.

3、新州政府拨出6亿澳元预算用于应对干旱,其中2.5亿用于农民贷款,他们可以一次性贷款5万,免息7年。400万用于农民精神健康支持服务。

However the drought continues

We live on the same land,

Think about what everyone can do?

Source: Daily Mail, The Age

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