The Wider Image: Thirst turns to anger as Australia's mighty river runs dry
Barkindji elders Patricia (Patsy) Quayle (R) and her daughter Patricia Doyle use bottled water at their campsite on the dry lakebed of Lake Pamamaroo at Yaama Ngunna Baaka Corroboree Festival, in Menindee, New South Wales, Australia, October 2, 2019. At Menindee, 830 km west of Sydney, despair has turned to anger as residents blame the government for exacerbating the drought by draining the river in 2017 floodtimes to irrigate farmland. Locals now avoid using tap water for drinking and washing babies and children, saying it has caused skin irritation, and prefer boxed and bottled water instead. "That was our food source, the river, our water source. That was our livelihood," said Doyle. "When you live on a river and you have to have water brought into your town to drink and survive on, what's that saying? It's saying that our system ... isn't looked after properly." REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy SEARCH "NEARMY DROUGHT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.