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This is how serious India's drought has gotten

This is how serious India's drought has gotten

Prakash Rathod's family is living in a makeshift shed of sticks barely 4 feet high, with torn clothes serving as a canopy. They hail from a village more than 300 miles west of Mumbai, in a farming region where some 350 farmers have committed suicide this year due to the impact of one of the worst droughts in years.

“There is no water back home. What are we farmers going to do?” Rathod said. “Nobody wants to migrate out of their homes and sleep under the open sky in a city.”

The persistent drought and searing temperatures in India have caused crop failures, water shortages and excessive debt, prompting hundreds of families to flee small farms and take...

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