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Drought in Tamil Nadu: Long wait to slake thirst of parched farmlands

Worst drought in the state in 140 years is impacting farmers' livelihood, and leading to suicides

T E Narasimhan & Gireesh Babu  |  Chennai 

The state is facing the worst drought in 140 years. Water resources are becoming depleted, taking a toll on the livelihood of farmers, which is leading to suicides. T E Narasimhan and Gireesh Babu report from the drought-hit districts of Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram Azhagesan, 36, had been under stress for several days because his paddy field, a piece of leased land in a small village in Tiruvarur district, withered owing to the scorching sun, deficient rain, and dried-up water resources. He was found dead in his field, leaving his three children ...

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First Published: Mon, May 01 2017. 02:36 IST
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