March 15, 2013. On the New Zealand collapsed drought, which local authorities called the strongest in the last 30 years. It is reported portal Businessweek.
Most of the natural disasters hit the North Island. As the portal, dry weather began in December last year. In early March, the authorities officially declared a drought. According to BBC News, in the capital, Wellington, there was no rain for 18 days.
The newspaper The New Zealand Herald reported on March 15 that officially declared a drought in the first region of the South Island. However, according to the publication, already on the coming weekend in New Zealand can get rain, which will bring some relief.
Drought has hit New Zealand's economy, especially the production of dairy products. Farmers estimated their losses at least 820 million U.S. dollars. Economists have lowered the growth forecast from 1.3 percent to 1.1 percent.