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India Hit’s Record High (Over 123 Degrees!): Many Farmers Commit Suicide Due to Draught

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Climate Change, Environment, Farming with 39 Comments

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By Andrea Germanos |

India recorded its hottest day on the books last Thursday amid a scorching heatwave and “staggering” number of farmer suicides.

Sizzling at 51 degrees Celsius (123.8 degrees F), the temperature in the city of Phalodi in the western state of Rajasthan topped the nation’s previous record of 50.6 Celsius set in 1956.

CNN reports:

The IMD [India Meteorological Department] has issued a red-level alert for Rajasthan as well as for other states like Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, where temperatures, despite not having crossed the 50-degree mark, are higher than average.

India has recorded higher than normal temperatures throughout 2016.

Many areas are experiencing severe heat waves and state governments estimate more than 370 people killed so far.

And relief isn’t coming soon.

“Severe heatwave conditions will prevail in north, west India and central India for the next 10 days,” the IMD warns.

According to Laxman Singh Rathore, director general of the IMD, look to climate change for the cause in the increasing temperatures. “It has been observed that since 2001, places in northern India, especially in Rajasthan, are witnessing a rising temperature trend every year. The main reason is the excessive use of energy and emission of carbon dioxide. Factors like urbanization and industrialization too have added to the global warming phenomenon,” hestated.

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Weeks of high temperatures have “also led to acute water shortage in many areas of central and western India which has seen water riots, government-monitored rationing and armed guards at reservoirs,” the Hindustan Times reports.

There is a prolonged drought as well, withering crops and sprouting hopelessness in farmers.

“Constant failure of crops. Very low produce. He couldn’t recover the investments, could not pay back the bank loans. That’s why he killed himself,” said the brother of 41-year-old cotton and sugarcane farmer Srikrishna Pandit Agee who hanged himself this month.


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  1.' Tiki Trizia Koelzer says:

    We get 115 all the time in my area…but I don’t farm..can they change the crops?

  2.' Dewayne Nelson Dickinson says:

    Build a pump from the ocean to the middle of the continent

  3.' Roy Bleyl says:


  4.' Julie Moncur Draayer says:

    Sending out prayers for rain and cooler temps and for changes in environmental issues ??

  5.' Neil Morris says:

    Sad sad sad!

  6.' Jack Prasad says:

    Just stop rest and enjoy the life

  7.' Dave Omeara says:

    Given a hand free bullets. You abuse it you lose it, don’t cry now

  8.' Hana Amante Di Francesco says:

    The end of the capital system as we know it. Capitalism is a beast that in/by and with its decadent foreclosure – it takes high tolls along. This is one of them. It is certain that nature’s omnipotence ( unless it is the •scientific – high-tech• MAN who conducts some kind of METEO-WAR for profit and turnovers !?! ) is incomparable, and there’s way too little that can be done in sharp & acute situations like this. Apart from solidarity and protection, it is a long process towards the prevention so these kind of situations can be somewhat controlled. The bottom line is that, the work force must be educated emancipated organized to agitate against whatever other “force of nature” or less, that puts profit before humanity and nature. We must learn to live balanced with our fellow humans beforehand, and with nature by all means. Solidarity to the damaged people and countries !

  9.' Karen Hofstetter says:

    How can we help? I think our consumption has help enough, this is just the start.

  10.' Don Phelps says:

    Actually, many are brain poisoned by the chemicals they use, resulting in suicide

  11.' Cecily Lobretto says:


  12.' Seema Kapoor Bhatia says:

    ??sending prayers and best wishes.

  13.' Joe Tobia says:

    It’s not the drought….it’s the loans they have to pay off when the crops don’t come in. As you all know….banks could give a shit about crops!!!

  14.' Sharon White says:

    Surely if the government was allowed they could ‘make’ rain … there is plenty of cloud seeding technology out there doing a good enough job in other parts of the world …

  15.' Carolee Carolee says:

    Has happened in the UK too, during 1980s and 90’s thanks to Government! And now UK dairy farmers !! Usually created by Gov’s and massive Corporate Control and fraud !!

  16.' Dean Raymond Willier says:

    where,s the so called ,tech they use to seed the clouds to make rain ,,,o right it was a lie so the government could spray chem-trails to poison everyone instead ..

  17.' Bonnie Kossel says:

    not to be insensitive…but here in the Antelope Valley high dessert, I can understand their suicides

  18.' Bonnie Kossel says:

    “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”

  19.' Bonnie Kossel says:

    Imagine if our forefathers who went through the ‘DUSTBOWL’ and all had to leave their homes, ALSO had to deal with 123 degree heat

  20.' Kathy Bundrick Boylan says:

    the average high in 29 Palms, Ca in the summer is 112 to 115.

  21.' Happy Rick says:

    Monsanto an U S government has created a Man made heat wave . Cause India wants NO GMO!

  22.' Margriet Liefting says:

    they are committing suicide because they are in the claws of Monsanto

  23.' Cheryl Scott says:

    Wow must be tough 🙁

  24.' Frank Stone says:

    why commit suicide ? maybe no food.. omg.

  25.' Stephanie Vittrup says:

    how about lay off of geoengineering. and this also happens to be a country fighting against monsanto and another bioengineering company

  26.' Stephanie Vittrup says:

    also are they actually proving to commit these acts or is it made to believe they are committing these acts

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