Drought warning for England

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The drought that has affected parts of England since June will last into next summer if there is insufficient winter rain, the Environment Agency has said.

A lack of rainfall over the past few months means that groundwater levels are still falling in many areas.

The Environment Agency, which covers England and Wales, says that even if there is average rainfall over the winter and spring, parts of central, eastern and south-eastern England are unlikely to see a full recovery from drought conditions in 2012.

David Shukman reports.

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