While there’s been some very welcome rain in recent times in some parts of Australia, the drought is not over.
The financial and social impacts linger for many years after the rains come. It also takes time for the land to recover, so more than one good wet season is needed.
Drought is primarily an economic and social phenomenon, and for impacted communities it is not over until balance sheets return to normal. Recovery can take years.
Coordinator General for Drought and Flood Shane Stone says that, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, it is unlikely the impacts of drought will cease without sustained above average rainfall for the rest of this year and next year.
So while the paddocks might look green and the dams full in some parts of the country, people are still doing it tough.
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