South India floods take toll on farmers

Rains creating havoc in India’s southern regions.

The weeks-long downpours are estimated to have caused losses amounting to 7.5 billion U.S. dollars.

“Right now, I am in a small village in Cuddalore district in the state of Tamil Nadu. Although, this village is very small but the calamity is as big as any other part of Tamil Nadu. Farmers here have lost all their belongings including their crop to the flash floods.”

Thousands of farmers in the region have seen damage to their crops due to the floods.

“Rains have stopped but it has destroyed all my crops. I have suffered huge losses. Now I have to borrow money to feed my family as well as to invest in crops next season.”

Officials say 70 percent of Tamil Nadu’s 72 million population depend on agriculture to make a living.

The provincial government has announced a compensation of more than 200 U.S. dollars for each hectare loss to farmers.

Yet many farmers say it would help little as their losses are huge.

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