Crops in India which had been denied the expected winter rains in December and January have now been further damaged by its sudden arrival.
Rain; wheatfields damaged by rain; farmer looks at spoiled crops; wheat on cart; wheat being stacked.
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Background: Crops in India which had been denied the expected winter rains in December and January have now been further damaged by its sudden arrival. As a result, yields cut by an estimated 50 per cent in some areas will now have even less to contribute to India's low food supplies.
Around Delhi, wheatfields have become waterlogged, and mustard, barley and peas have been spoiled. Some crops have ben uprooted by the strong winds and heavy rains, and are beginning to rot.
By contrast, thousand of people in Bihar State are in danger of dying through want of water. Only two days before this film was shot, a Minister in the State Government, Bhola Prasad Singh, told a press conference that at present only 17 or 18 drilling rigs were currently at work on wells, whereas "at least 150" were needed. He called on the Central Government to declare the State of famine area.