A severe drought has hit the North-West Indian state of Rajasthan, near the Pakistani border.
(MUTE) GVs Peasants work on roads. (4 SHOTS)
GV Rajasthan landscape. (2 SHOTS)
GV Camel pulling cart across parched landscape.
GV Farmers working. (3 SHOTS)
SVs Cattle searching for food on barren ground. (3 SHOTS)
SV Men of village sitting idle. (3 SHOTS)
SV Cattle walking towards village
(SOUND) SCU Hugh Lovesy, Australian aid worker, speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: LOVESY: (SEQ 8) "Well, despite the good work the government's doing I think the situation is becoming very serious. I've seen in the local Hindi press that people have been forced to eat leaves to get proper diet, and form my own experience, I've seen people going hungry in the villages.
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Background: A severe drought has hit the North-West Indian state of Rajasthan, near the Pakistani border. Farmers who normally make a living from cattle or working on government road projects for about half a dollar a day. Almost 100,000 people are ow involved in projects like this. Thirty million people inhabit the state. Many live at subsistence level, and when the rains fail they face tragedy. This drought has lasted four years, and there are few reserves of food. More than 40 million cattle have been moved from Rajasthan, those that remain behind look thin and weak as they search the dry ground for a few blades of grass. The central and state governments have spent millions of dollars on projects such as well-drilling and provision of relief work. Not everyone benefits though. In one village, men sit idle. Nearly everyone there suffers from malnutrition. Australian aid worker Hugh Lovesy says people are going hungry.