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Mass fish deaths in key river system in eastern Australia

SYDNEY: Thousands more fish have died in a key river system in drought-hit eastern Australia just weeks after up to a million were killed, authorities and locals said Monday, sparking fears an ecological disaster is unfolding. Fisheries officials said they were on their way to Menindee, a small outback town in far-west New South Wales state, after the third mass fish kill in the area in less than two months. The town is near the Darling River, part of the Murray-Darling River system that stretches thousands of…