Waiting for famine relief, India, 1877 (Engraved illustration) - Stock Image

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Scanned directly from The Illustrated London News, Saturday October 20, 1877.

People waiting for famine relief in Bangalore. The Great Famine of 1876–78 affected south and southwestern India (Madras, Mysore, Hyderabad, and Bombay) for a period of two years. It covered an area of 257,000 square miles and caused distress to a population totalling 58,500,000. The Great Famine was preceded by an intense drought. Two kinds of relief were offered: "relief works" for able-bodied men, women, and working children, and gratuitous (or charitable) relief for small children, the elderly, and the indigent.

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