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

2019-12-08T21:01:11.111Z

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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