RUDE RE­MINDERS

Down to Earth - - COVER STORY -

1965-66

Two suc­ces­sive mon­soon fail­ures led to Bi­har Famine, which af­fected 60 mil­lion peo­ple; hun­dreds died of was strong.

1986-87

Two con­sec­u­tive mon­soon fail­ures trig­gered one of In­dia's worst droughts, af­fect­ing 300 mil­lion peo­ple. in 1987.

2014-15

Af­ter 2014, this year may again ex­pe­ri­ence deficit mon­soon. States that will be worst hit are the ones re­cov­er­ing from con­sec­u­tive crop dam­ages due to un­timely win­ter rains, hail­storms. They ac­count for 60 per cent of food­grain pro­duc­tion.

A woman in Kac­chipurva vil­lage in Banda dis­trict

in Bun­delk­hand sieves wheat grain from dust. The re­gion is among the worst

af­fected

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