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Waikato declared official drought zone

New Zealand
The Waikato region has been declared an official drought zone, after the DRIEST JANUARY IN MORE THAN 100 YEARS. It is the FIRST EVER DROUGHT DECLARATION IN THE REGION. Waikato's normally rich, green pastureland has become a huge expanse of brown, dusty paddocks. Much of the area has not had rain since before Christmas - soil is extremely dry and river levels are dropping rapidly. Many farmers are already selling stock or drying off their herds. They cannot believe HOW QUICKLY THE BIG DRY HAS HIT.
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