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Queensland, Australia crippled by drought

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Friday, March 7, 2014, 7:35 PM -

Queensland's crippling drought now covers more of the state than any other drought in recorded history.

After a failed wet season, another 15 local government areas were declared in a state of drought Friday, stretching as far as Redcliffe in the south-east.

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This stands in stark contrast to three years ago when much of the region flooded, prompting thousands of evacuations.

Mal Forman, mayor of one of the affected areas, told local media that farmers are struggling and are in dire need of assistance.

Experts predict the drought could lead to a drop in farm production and have an adverse impact on profits.

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