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  • Rajputana, India (now in Rajasthan, northwestern India)
    1868

    The monsoon of 1868 was late in coming

    Rajputana, India (now in Rajasthan, northwestern India)
    1868

    The monsoon of 1868 was late in coming. When it came, was light and brief, lasting until only August 1868.




  • India
    1868

    Epidemics of cholera broke out among the vulnerable population

    India
    1868

    Late in 1868, epidemics of cholera broke out among the vulnerable population, and there was no harvest in the spring of 1869. Many inhabitants of the famine-stricken regions of Rajputana (for example, two-thirds of the population of Marwar) emigrated with their livestock or herds. Initially, they did not go to the British territory of Ajmer, where relief works had been arranged; many wandered in search of food until they died from starvation.




  • Rajputana, India
    May, 1869

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

    Rajputana, India
    May, 1869

    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.




  • Rajputana, India
    Sep, 1869

    There were heavy rains that, although good for the spring harvest

    Rajputana, India
    Sep, 1869

    In September and October 1869, there were heavy rains that, although good for the spring harvest, caused an epidemic of malaria and killed many more.




  • Rajputana, India
    1870

    Famine ended

    Rajputana, India
    1870

    Finally, the anticipated harvest of spring 1870 arrived and ended the famine.




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