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Freak hailstorms lead to surge in farmer suicides in Central India

By Shuriah Niazi | Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:15 AM
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BHOPAL, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Heavy unseasonal rain and hail has caused hundreds of millions of dollars in crop damage across the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and led to a surge in suicides and other deaths of indebted farmers, state and police officials say.

State officials have suspended interest payments on loans as well as efforts to recover money from indebted farmers, and have ...

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