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Droughts in India over the last 200 years, their socio-economic impacts and remedial measures for them.

Mooley, DA and Pant, GB (1981) Droughts in India over the last 200 years, their socio-economic impacts and remedial measures for them. Cambridge University Press, pp. 465-478.

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Abstract

The meteorological, political, and economic background which have an important bearing on the suffering of the people during droughts is reviewed. Application of the Mann-Kendall rank statistic test and Swed and Eisenhart's runs test to the interval between years of successive drought shows that droughts occur randomly in time. These droughts had serious effects on the people and economy of India. Food prices rose beyond the purchasing power of the rural population and led to reduced food-intake, resulting in low vitality and a large number of deaths from epidemics. Shortage of food resulted in exploitation by anti-social elements and in riots. Each drought pushed the farmer deeper in debt. The heavy cost of famine relief prevented the government from attending to issues such as education and agricultural improvement.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Cambridge University Press
Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology
Depositing User: IITM Library
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2015 16:44
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2015 16:45
URI: http://moeseprints.incois.gov.in/id/eprint/1331

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