A staggering 3,228 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra in 2015, the highest since 2001, according to data tabled in the Rajya Sabha on March 4, 2016 – that is almost nine farmers every day. This year, many regions are already in the grip of a drought with the rains at least a couple of months away. Thankfully, the IMD has predicted an above normal monsoon this time, after a gap of two years.
The drought has come in focus primarily because of the IPL matches is Maharashtra and supposed wastage of water at the grounds when the rest of the state is suffering. Also, there is a water train that has snaked its way into Latur, which is almost like ground zero when it comes to the drought this time.
However, as the map below will show, there is more to this drought than Maharashtra. Many other parts of the country too are equally parched.
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