Following the 42 percent rain deficit in this monsoon season, farmers and villagers of Bihar sacrificed thousands of frogs to please the rain Gods. The battle against severe shortage of rain has taken another superstitious turn in the state as farmers either arranged frog marriages or sacrificed frogs to rain Gods.
Beng Kutni- the ritual of crushing frogs have been taken up by farmers of drought-prone Magadh region comprising five districts – Gaya, Jehanabad, Aurangabad, Nawada, and Arwal – in southern Bihar, are killing thousands of frogs to appease the rain Gods.
Of Bihar’s 37 districts, 22 have received 60 percent less rainfall. Only six districts recorded normal rainfall. There are high deficits of 87 percent in Vaishali, 82 percent in Bhojpur and 72 percent in Arwal.
There is a widespread fear of drought-like situation among millions of farmers who have faced similar situation thrice in the last seven years.
Earlier this week, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had brought the severe drought alerts into light, raising many issues such as deepened water level and shortage of food for animals due to low rainfall. Even the general public would be adversely affected, added CM Nitish.
According to the Water Resource Department, the effect of decreasing rainfall has also started to appear in the reservoirs of Patna. Out of 23 reservoirs built to irrigate the canals and crops, only few have water. The condition of nine reservoirs is very bad.