Twelve states in northern and central India are still waiting for the monsoon to relieve what's been described as an unprecedented drought.
GV Farmers using tractor to tube boring for water (3 shots)
SV PAN Dried up rice crops (2 shots)
SV Farmer takes water from well and pours into irrigation ditch (2 shots)
SV & CU Burnt out maize crops (4 shots)
LV Farmer with bullocks at Persian wheel (2 shots)
SV PAN Water into rice field (3 shots)
SV Woman draws water form pump to give to buffalo.
TV Buffalo in partly dried up pond
GV Cows lying on barren earth
CU Dried and cracked earth of rice paddy
GV Dried up canal
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Background: Twelve states in northern and central India are still waiting for the monsoon to relieve what's been described as an unprecedented drought. And, if it doesn't come soon, crop prospects in the coming year will be bad. Already, losses are serious. In Uttar Pradesh, officials reported that 50 to 75 per cent of the Spring harvested crops had been lost. Bihar state has asked the central government to rush in 30-thousand tons of foodgrains and people are reported to be starving to death in West Bengal. The Central government maintains it has enough buffer stocks of food grains to meet any situation that may arise, but the real effects of the drought will be felt next year.