Cattle swarm water truck in drought-stricken Australia
Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 3:53 PM - Newly-released drone footage from New South Wales, Australia, shows hundreds of cattle swarming a water truck amid extreme drought conditions.
Research from the University of Melbourne suggests the current situation could become one of the worst droughts in 400 years, and the agricultural industry has been one of the hardest hit.
Amber Lea of Burrabogie Livestock and Contracting says she oversees 1,300 head of cattle and they won't have anything to drink unless she makes an hour-long commute to collect water with her truck.
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“Watering points on the river or allocated watering troughs were too low, or the mills had stopped pumping and there was no supply,” she said via Storyful.
“The tanker and trough was the only source of water for the cattle we were carting 100,000 litres of water every day for their survival, often having to drive 50 to 70 kms one way to get water for them.”
The footage was captured on August 4.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently announced a $190 million AUS drought relief package for farmers impacted by the drought.