When freak be­comes norm

Down to Earth - - COVER STORY -

When hail­storms and un­sea­sonal rains de­stroyed large swathes of rabi crops in 2013, they were thought to be freak weather events. But they hit again in 2014, and then this year, each time with more in­ten­sity, and caus­ing more dam­age

Source: Based on state es­ti­mates

2013

States af­fected: 5 Crops dam­aged 0.35 mil­lion ha Eco­nomic loss ` 500 crore

2014

States af­fected: 6 Crops dam­aged 5.5 mil­lion ha Eco­nomic loss ` 5,000 crore

2015

States af­fected: 15 Crops dam­aged 18.23 mil­lion ha Eco­nomic loss ` 20,000 crore

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