What effect is the ongoing drought having on the lives of Australians who live in the Murray-Darling Basin?

Australia has been experiencing it’s worst drought in decades. What effect has it had on the people who live in the affected areas?

Some background to the probem can be found here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2007/aug/05/features.magazine67

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray-Darling_Basin

Some of the effects can be found here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7584592.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7556075.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7379185.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7672105.stm

In Spring 2009, there were even fears that if the drought continued, Adelaide, home to 1.1 million people, could suffer serious water shortages:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/17/australia-murray-river-water-shortage

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has been created to help manage the river and to try and balance the various challenges that it faces:

http://www.mdba.gov.au/

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