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Withering lives

Print edition : February 03, 2017

K. Gandhi with his withered maize crop at Tirupattur in Tiruchi district. Photo: B. Velankanni Raj

Farmers N. Ravichandran and G. Krishnamurthy in a paddy field overgrown with weeds at Kottur village in Tiruvarur district. The entire crop has withered. Photo: B. VELANKANNI RAJ

A woman showing blighted tomato plants at Keezhapatti village in Thuraiyur taluk of Tiruchi district. Photo: B. VELANKANNI RAJ

S. Chinnathambi, his brothers and their friend deepening a well at Keezhapatti village near Konappadhai in Thuraiyur taluk. Photo: B. VELANKANNI RAJ

Withered cotton crop at Tirupattur village in Tiruchi district. Photo: B. VELANKANNI RAJ

Tamil Nadu is in the grip of the worst drought in living memory after both the monsoons failed, and scores of farmers have killed themselves or died of shock on seeing their withering crops.

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