Last updated: 13 october, 2009 - 11:06 GMT

Indian Farmer Suicides

Indian farmer suicides -  the children left behind

Indian farmer suicides - the children left behind

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In India over the past decade many thousands of farmers have taken their own lives, often due to crop failure or unpayable debts.

This year has been particularly devastating for farmers.

Following a severe drought, farmers in the South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have been hit hard by monsoon flooding.

Almost a year's worth of rain fell in just a few days, wiping out hundreds of millions of dollars of crops and increasing farmers' problems.

The state of Andhra Pradesh already has one of the highest rates of farmers taking their own lives, leaving problems for their families.

Outlook's Tinku Ray visited Andhra Pradesh to meet some of the orphans left behind.

Indian Farmer Suicides - The Children Left Behind

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