Odisha farmer ends life over crop loss due to Cyclone Jawad

Berhampur: A 57-year-old farmer of Odisha’s Ganjam district allegedly died by suicide over crop loss due to rainfall caused by Cyclone Jawad. The deceased was identified as Kailash Sabar, a sharecropper of Uluma village under Patrapur block of the district.

According to reports, Kailash, who was the only earning member of his family, had cultivated paddy, tomatoes, brinjals on three acres of agricultural land of T Nameswar Patra.

Unfortunately, he suffered crop loss due to incessant rainfall triggered by Cyclone Jawad. As the farmland was inundated, he became upset and worried over the loss.

On Sunday morning, he went to the market at Turubudi in the district to sell vegetables. After returning home, he took the extreme step of ending his life by consuming pesticide.

Though his family members rescued Kailash and rushed him to the Patrapur Community Health Centre, he was declared dead by doctor at the hospital.

Police later recovered the body for post-mortem and started an investigation into the incident.

On being informed about the mishap, local Tehsildar Amit Kumar Nayak reached the hospital and provided the bereaved family with an assistance of Rs 10,000 from Red Cross fund.

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