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Parliament busy in debating snooping and complexion: But who will care about dying farmers as unseasonal rains hit their crops
The recent heavy unseasonal rains like of yesterday, accompanied with hailstorm across the northern and central India have destroyed Rabi crops badly. The rains came as a blow to the farmers who were waiting for their ripe crops like wheat, grams etc. to be harvested. Feeling devastated after their crops got damaged due to rains around 10 farmers in different part of the country have reportedly committed suicide.
In Madhya Pradesh at least two cases of farmer suicide have been reported. In the latest case that took place yesterday only, a 26-year-old farmer Raju Singh allegedly hanged self to death in Alirajpur district of MP.

Earlier on last Friday in Barud area of Khargone district a 45-year-old farmer Bansilal Gupta, had committed suicide by consuming pesticide.

The kins of both the farmers have reportedly said that the deceased were in acute pressure after their crops were damaged due to continuous rains and hailstorm. Raju Singh had taken loan of Rs 1.40 lakh from bank and a good Rabi crop was the only way of paying back.

In UP's Agra district a 58-year old Rajendra Thakur (58) from Usmanpur village in Khandauli block died of heart attack after seeing his potato crop submerged in water. He had taken a loan Rs. 2 lakh for agriculture purpose. This is said to be third death in Agra region due to crops being damaged by rains. InHathras district so far five farmers have died after their crops got destroyed.

A 33-year old farmer namely Khem Singh died in Rajsthan's Bhilwada district due to shock after seeing his damaged wheat crop.

The rabi crop namely wheat, pulses, soya bean, cotton, watermelon and grape crops were destroyed badly due to hailstorm and rains. While at some other places the crops have been damaged by water logging in the fields and by the strong winds that have flattened the crops.

Rains in Punjab and Haryana have effected the yield of wheat. The rains across Gujarat and Rajasthan have damaged the quality of several standing crops like wheat, jeera and mango. In Maharashtra the crops which were hit by heavy rains were wheat, jowar and chickpea. Fruit plantations like mango orchards, vineyards and pomegranate are also badly affected.

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