When the train pulled out of Delhi station on June 12, Sukhram felt something tug at his heart. The migrant labourer was going home to his two children but had little to take back to them. The thought of his parched, sun-baked land in Kaluguan—a village in Tikamgarh district in Madhya Pradesh’s drought-hit Bundelkhand region—made him feel worse.
“But two days after I got here, it rained. And how,” said Sukhram, beaming as he worked on his acre-and-a-half land with wife Sujata. “All 20 villages in this region were flooded with the water that spilled out of the bada talab near our village,” he said, letting his two gaunt bulls take a break after three hours of work. Over the last two years, Sukhram lost two cows and a bull to the drought that gripped almost all 13 districts of Bundelkhand.
But after a two-year-long dry spell, it has been pouring this year. According to the Met department, Tikamgarh district in Madhya Pradesh has recorded nearly 819 mm of rainfall since June 17. Last year, the region got 85 mm and the year before that, barely 5 mm of rainfall.
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