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Rajputana famine of 1869

Many villagers returned to their villages believing that the rains would be early

May, 1869
Rajputana, India

In May 1869, many villagers, who had emigrated earlier now returned to their villages believing that the rains would be early. However, the rains held off until mid-July and, in the interim, many thousands more died of starvation. Even so, the autumn harvest promised to be abundant, but swarms of locusts descended upon the fields and destroyed the young crops.


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