New Zealand North Island hit by worst drought in 30 years

A drying out water reservoir in Kiwitahi, New Zealand. Photo: February 2013

A drought has been declared on the entire North Island of New Zealand – in what the government describes as the worst dry spell in 30 years.

Farmers are especially hard hit, with losses in agriculture expected to shave about 1% off economic growth.

The capital Wellington is said to have just 18 days of water left, and parts of the South Island could soon be hit.

But there is likely to be some relief over the weekend when the first decent rainfall in two months is forecast.

The scale of the drought can be seen from space: satellite images show how parts of New Zealand have turned from lush green to parched brown.


BBC has the full article

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