Australia Drought







Australia Drought



Drought in Australia

Being a semi-arid continent, drought has always been a serious concern in Australia. Several remarkable droughts have been recorded over the last three centuries, which left the Australian citizens at the time stricken and even hungry.


Severe droughts in Australia caused lakes and rivers to dry, crops to fail and grasslands for pastures to wither, livestock to dwindle in number.

All of which, eventually caused serious food shortage.

Major droughts recorded in the 19th century were the years 1803, 1809, 1811, 1813, 1814, 1815, 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829, 1835, 1838, 1839, 1846, 1849, 1850, 1864, 1865, 1866, 1868, 1877, 1880, 1881-1886, and 1888.


These recorded droughts are spread over several states of Australia and on different levels or severity. It is interesting to take note that some lasted several years and one could just imagine the hardships that the Australian people experienced during these times.


20th century droughts include the years, 1902, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1925, 1937 to 1947, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1964, 1965, 1982, 1983, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995.

One would notice the decade long drought, which lasted from 1937 to 1947.

This was during the World War II with the eastern part of Australia experiencing hot dry spells all through those ten years.


However, the worst in this century list is the one that occurred from 1982 to 1983.


During this time, a lot of people actually died because of the drought.


A total of 75 people were killed in ruthless bushfires on February 1983 in the Southeast Australia.


The extreme heat of the drought caused bushfires and dust storms in some areas of Australia.

Austrlia Drought


Drought problems in Australia continued up the 21st century. The year 2003 started yet another long and harsh drought that was to be the worst in the record.

Rainfall, which is usually expected at the last quarter of the year, fell short in 2006. The dry spell continued on to 2007.

Australian Drought

As a result of these long dry spells and water shortage, the Australian government started imposing stricter laws on water conservation. Stern regulations were enforced on factories and industries that use a lot of water in their production.


Recycling programs were also implemented such as the grey-water recycling. People were encouraged to install water tanks in their homes.

Another concern, which arises from the perennial drought problem, is the danger of overpopulation. At the rate the population growth is going right now, comes the threat of worse water shortage.


Environmental groups are worried that if the current population growth rate continues, Australia would no longer be able to sustain the quality of life that it affords its citizens.



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