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The drought strikes hard on farmers in Australia: "I aimed the gun at myself"


During the fall, extensive fires have destroyed hundreds of homes in Australia and the country has been hit by severe drought. Never has it rained so little for such a long period and new heat records are set all the time. The drought has created mental ill health with severe depression in many farmers.

- This is the worst I've ever experienced. And my grandfather, who is 95, has never been to anything like it, says Wes Herring, who runs a farm in New Wales, Australia.

His farm has been around for a hundred years, but soon it may end. Wes Herring has already sold a large part of his livestock. At one point he pointed the gun at himself.

- It was just a heartbeat from not sitting here but lying under the ground, he says.

At the same time, Wes Herring is doubtful that climate change would be behind the drought.

- People say it is due to climate change ... I do not dismiss it completely, but I do not believe in it either, he says.

See the report on Wes Herring in the video above.

Source: svt

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