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Australia gripped by 'the Big Dry'

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Australia is in the grip of "the Big Dry", one of the worst droughts in a century.

Major cities confront the major possibility of running out of water daily, and some are building desalination plants that draw from the sea.

But environmentalists say this is a panic measure.

Nick Bryant reports from Sydney.

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