Farmers Suicides: Over 30 Farmers From Marathwada Kill Themselves In The Past Week

08/09/2015 9:41 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI,INDIA APRIL 27: Indian farmers and Youth Congress party activists protest against the government. The protestors alleged the government was not supporting farmers who lost their crop to unseasonal rains and hailstorms in several Indian states.(Photo by K.Asif/India Today Group/Getty Images)

Struggling to cope with crop losses and burdened by debt in the midst of drought, more than 30 farmers from the Marathwada region have committed suicide in the past week.

The death toll has reached 660, this year, The Times of India reported, surpassing 628 in 2014.

A revenue official told TOI that farmers were continuing to commit suicide in all districts of the region with the exception of Hingoli. The highest number of suicides are reportedly from Beed (179) followed by Osamanabad with 103 and Latur with 64.

While the region received showers on Monday, DNA reported, the volume of rainfall isn’t enough to pull it out of the drought.

Shrinivas Aundhkar, director of Nanded-based Mahatma Gandhi Mission for Astronomy and Space Technology, told DNA that the region could expect rainfalls over the next few days, and then in November-December.

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