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Upsetting scenes from Australia's drought

5 March 2014 Last updated at 11:06 GMT

Emergency relief is on its way to drought-hit farmers in eastern Australia as many are forced to sell or slaughter their cattle.

However the drought is not only inflicting a financial toll - there's a mounting psychological cost on communities where once fertile land has turned to dust.

Phil Mercer reports from Tamworth in New South Wales.