Australia, Queensland’s farms are overwhelmed by torrential rain: between 300,000 and 500,000 bovines lost

After 5 years of drought, came flooding rain. Between 300,000 and 500,000 bovines dies during the pouring rain that hit the Queensland region, in the north-east of Australia. According to the Guardian’s recollection of events, during the last week there has been an amount of rain that usually comes in three years total. “It is an unprecedented disaster – comments Michael Guerin, ceo of farmers’ association AgForce -. Recent reports confirm that this is a real humanitarian crisis, which adding to the already existing problems, is moving towards the south of the country”. According to international news sources, while helicopters were flying over the region to evaluate the damage done by the rain (the working theory is of a loss of 300 million USD), the entities helping those that were hit, vow to help not only those that lost everything, but also those that have something left. The estimate is that there are 150,000 bovines in farms that are cut off from the rest of the country due to the devastation brought on by the rain: these will be the animals receiving emergency food stocks first. “The loss of hundreds of thousands of bovines after years of drought isn’t just a hard blow for the farmers – concludes Guerin -, but for entire rural communities”.

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