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>> I find droughts a little bit like cancer, it sort of eats away at you. It just gets drier and drier, and more severe and more severe.>> It's the worst drought in a generation. That's what farmers who live in Outback New South Wales are saying as these fertile plains, part of Australia's food bowl, see their lowest rainfall in decades.
It's a story that's born out in the numbers. According to Australia's weather bureau, this year saw the second hottest summer ever recorded. But for these farmers, it's now beyond numbers. As many say, they've resorted to praying for conditions to improve.>> For us, the only way that we can get life any better is for God to send us some rain.
Reuters' photojournalist David Gray recently traveled to this parched region to see the farmers struggle firsthand.>> The rainfall in this area of around Ghanada mostly is the worst since 1946. And if it continues to not rain in the next five months before the end of the year then the statistics are showing that this is the worst drought by far, in a hundred years.
>> To show the scale of the devastation in this broad flat landscape Gray chose to shoot the story from above.>> I used a drone because I felt seeing the conditions of the landscape from the air shows just how severe this particular drought has become. And after talking to all the farmers that we visited over the past few months doing this story, they were all saying this is the worse drought that they've experienced.
And probably, according to their relatives who were on the land before them, this could be the worst drought in over 100 years.>> The dry spell has now left over 80% of New South Wales state in drought. And even as people here continue to pray for divine intervention, for now, there's no predicted end in sight.